Roses set to be leading lady

ROSES For The Lady may not quite have rediscovered the form of last year so far in 2010, but a bold bid looks assured in the DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster today.

The four-year-old only won once last season but she ran the race of her life to finish second to Sariska in the Irish Oaks on bottomless ground at the Curragh.

After what was a gruelling contest, John Oxx sensibly gave his filly the rest of the year off and she looked set for a big season when impressing on her reappearance in Listed company at Navan back in April.

She has been unable to add to that victory since, but she was far from disgraced in finishing third behind Tactic and Profound Beauty in the Curragh Cup next time on ground that was plenty quick enough.

She was below-par when third again on her latest start, this time behind the progressive Rajik, but again underfoot conditions did not play to her strengths.

Some cut in the ground on Town Moor is likely following the rain earlier in the week and with stamina and ground doubts about possible favourite Meeznah, Roses For The Lady looks a viable alternative.

Richard Fahey has made no secret of his admiration for three-time winner Wootton Bassett and he can boost his already substantial earnings in the Weatherbys Insurance 2-Y-O Stakes.

Nathaniel looks the proverbial steering job in the EBF Maiden Stakes.

John Gosden’s colt gave the highly-touted Frankel a race on his debut and came out of it with plenty of credit.

Michael Jarvis’ Kings Destiny will be one horse suited by easier conditions underfoot and is worth chancing in the DFS Handicap while Honeymead is in the last-chance saloon in the EBF Carrie Red Fillies’ Nursery.

Gosden’s Queen Of Mean has only had the one run but could not have been more impressive and this half-sister to Zoffany could be anything in the Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes.

Valery Borzov was making late headway at York on Sunday and must be on a winnable mark in the Meadowhall Fashion Handicap.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Dux Scholar looks the one in Bath’s EBF/Brains Smooth Maiden Stakes while Brian Meehan’s Hammer Home has missed some lofty engagements in favour of the Nursery.

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