Heaven Sent poised to go one better than last year

THE team surrounding Heaven Sent are confident she can go one better than 12 months ago when she lines up in the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot today.

The Cheveley Park Stud-owned six-year-old was beaten just three-quarters of a length by Sabana Perdida in last year’s renewal of the Group Two contest and showed she was as good as ever when winning impressively at Newmarket last month.

The stud’s managing director Chris Richardson feels the likely fast conditions will play to her strengths and believes she will continue to improve as the season progresses.

“Last year she came to win her race and just got caught but she’s in good form and hopefully she can go one better,” said Richardson.

“We’ve been very happy with her since her seasonal debut at Newmarket and obviously the ground will suit her ideally as she loves to hear her hooves rattle.

“She’s remarkably consistent, as is her family. Her full-sister ran six times as a six-year-old and won four of them so we’re hoping she can continue to improve and hopefully be lucky.”

Cheveley Park have got a fine second string to their bow in the shape of James Fanshawe’s Spacious.

The daughter of Nayef was beaten into third in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom but Richardson feels there is much more improvement on the cards.

“Spacious came out of that last race well. Maybe ideally nine furlongs would be her perfect trip but she’s in good form and gives the owners another runner in a good race at the Royal meeting,” Richardson continued.

“I think she’ll come on a lot for that run. We thought she might pick up a little bit more but she was just found wanting at the end so hopefully that will put her right for a place here at least.

“We took a chance in keeping her in training an extra year and on what we saw at Epsom, we have been justified in doing so.”

Fanshawe – who won this race in 2006 with Soviet Song – feels the undulations of Epsom were also not to the filly’s liking and he too is expecting an improved performance.

“It was only 10 days ago but she seems very well in herself,” said the Newmarket trainer.

“She got a bit lost round Epsom, it was her first run of the year so hopefully she has progressed a bit.”

Spacious acquitted herself well at the Royal meeting last year when she was fourth to Lush Lashes in the Coronation Stakes, and both Jim Bolger’s filly and the Mick Channon-trained Eva’s Request are among the opposition.

Mick Channon’s Eva’s Request goes in search of a hat-trick having secured victories at Goodwood and at Epsom, where she beat Spacious, on her last two outings.

“Since returning from Dubai in the early spring all she’s done is thrive and her form is there for all to see,” the West Ilsley handler told his website www.mickchannon.tv.

“She had to win her race twice at Epsom, which is the mark of a good horse, and I’m delighted with her progress.”

Windsor Forest Stakes: Cashmans bet - 6/4 Lush Lashes, 5/2 Heaven Sent, 8 Spacious, Eva's Request, Proviso, 25 Chantilly Tiffany, She's Our Mark, 33 Bar

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