Fanshawe ace back at Doncaster

Spacious, runner-up in the 1000 Guineas earlier this year, makes her long-awaited return in Friday’s Frank Whittle Partnership Conditions Stakes at Doncaster.

Spacious, runner-up in the 1000 Guineas earlier this year, makes her long-awaited return in Friday’s Frank Whittle Partnership Conditions Stakes at Doncaster.

The James Fanshawe-trained filly won the May Hill at the St Leger meeting last year before just going down by half a length to Natagora in the Newmarket Classic.

Spacious then went on to finish fourth in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot but the daughter of Nayef has been off the track since that run in June as connections gave her time to get over her early-season exertions.

She is reportedly firing again now and will have a new partner as Robert Winston takes over from Jamie Spencer in the one-mile heat.

“She’s in good form and has been pleasing us in her work, but she has been off a while now,” said Chris Richardson, managing director of owners the Cheveley Park Stud.

“She’s telling us she’s ready to go again now and we’re looking forward to it.

“It will be interesting to see how she acts on the ground at Doncaster.”

Spacious will be having just the fifth run of her career and Richardson is hoping she will be able to tackle next month’s Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket before gearing up for a four-year-old campaign.

“The Sun Chariot is an option for her if all goes well on Friday, and that could be her last run before we put her away for the year,” he added.

“She’s certainly got the form, but we just gave her a break as she had been on the go for a long time prepping for the Guineas.

“She’s a strong-framed filly and she continues to mature and develop as she gets older so hopefully there is more to come next year.”

Spacious faces just four rivals on Town Moor, Godolphin’s Alexandros, Fanjura, Moyenne Corniche and Alexander Castle, who has been off the track since his run in the French 2000 Guineas in May.

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