Misheer boosts Mary form

Sheikh Mohammed’s recent purchase of Jealous Again looks a sharp bit of business now as the Royal Ascot form took a giant boost through Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes winner Misheer.

Sheikh Mohammed’s recent purchase of Jealous Again looks a sharp bit of business now as the Royal Ascot form took a giant boost through Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes winner Misheer.

Clive Brittain’s filly was beaten five lengths by the star American in the Queen Mary Stakes last month but proved much too good for the Group Two field here.

Brittain revealed some mitigating circumstances for Ascot and can now aim even higher as she followed up his last Cherry Hinton Stakes win with Sayyedati in 1992.

The 7-2 shot and Neil Callan were always going well and eventually pulled three-and-a-quarter lengths clear of Albany winner Habaayib, the 9-4 favourite.

“She had a sore back before Ascot and I spent four days massaging her, which meant I couldn’t get the work into her,” said Brittain.

“I knew we had three or four lengths in hand and she has proved it today. She’s tiny with a big heart. She has shown for some time she is quite useful and I think she is as good a filly as I’ve trained for a long time.

“I’d like to go to the Moyglare Stakes now as I am certain she will stay.”

Habaayib’s trainer Ed Dunlop said: “She had her tail in the air before the race so perhaps she’s coming into season. She didn’t quicken like she did at Ascot.”

Stan Moore is targeting Group One glory with Total Gallery following his battling victory in the totesport.com Stakes.

The three-year-old won a Listed prize at Ascot but had been found wanting in three subsequent starts at Group level, most recently over five furlongs at Sandown last Saturday.

However, he bounced back to form under Johnny Murtagh to hold Desert Icon by a neck in an exciting finish.

Moore said: “That was excellent. He ran on Saturday in a Group Three at Sandown, but he just didn’t get a run.

“We thought if that didn’t take too much out of him, he would run a big race. At the end of the season the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp would be his aim, but another of these races wouldn’t go amiss.”

Greenisland stayed on strongly under Robert Havlin to spring a 66-1 surprise in the EBF Hotel Chocolat Fillies’ Handicap.

Trainer Hughie Morrison said: “That was a ridiculous price. She was third in a pretty hot Listed race in Germany when she wasn’t fully wound up in April.”

The John Dunlop-trained Elusive Pimpernel (12-1) made a winning start to his career under Eddie Ahern in the Mertoun Paddocks EBF Maiden Stakes.

Dunlop said: “He’s a grand, big horse and I wanted to give him a run. He’s a half-brother to Palavicini but looks more precocious. I’m not sure how good the form is and he doesn’t have any grand engagements.”

Henry Cecil saddled a 1-2 in the TurfTV Maiden as 25-1 shot Blizzard Blues held better-fancied stablemate Manifest by three-quarters of a length.

Cecil said: “I didn’t expect that. The winner is very babyish and had a foot problem last year, so I’d have been happy if he’d finished in the first half.

“I thought the other one would finish a lot further ahead, but he’s finished very well and wants a mile and a half.”

The closing Home of Racing Handicap went to Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore, with 3-1 chance Dancourt shedding his maiden tag at the sixth time of asking.

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