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Listen holds sound claims for a return to form in Group 1; Big-race analysis A strong gallop will be ideal for improving Yaddree.


Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes

3.15 Newmarket

Barshiba has been knocking on the door since a Listed handicap victory at Royal Ascot last year. Her record in Group races reads 50496379626, with fourth place her best effort in six Group 1s.

Darjina's visits to Britain have been in search of fast ground and she encountered it for the first time at Royal Ascot this season, when Haradasun proved a fraction too strong. She has since run two cracking races behind Goldikova in Group 1s on good to soft ground in France. Another Group 1 win would be no less than she deserves, but racing doesn't always work out like that.

Harvest Queen has won two Listed races and her best performance was when a two-and-a-halflength fifth in this race last year. This season's renewal is no easier, but the faster ground might help her get closer.

After being beaten in minor Listed races at Bath and Sandown, Eva's Request defeated a large field in a Ascot handicap a week ago. She will be hard pressed to get black type in this race.

Festoso was consistent in the top fillies' events last year and finished off with a third place behind Natagora and Fleeting Spirit in the Cheveley Park Stakes. She was beaten a length into third at Doncaster on her return last month and must improve.

Halfway To Heaven got lucky in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood, where Lush Lashes found all the trouble going. That Group 1 has been a fine guide, with winners of this race finishing 12112142 in it between 1977 and 1999. Aidan O'Brien's filly was unable to confirm the form with Lush Lashes at Leopardstown, but the ground wasn't ideal for her. A return to fast ground will be a major plus for the dual Group 1 winner.

Listen, who won the Fillies' Mile around this time last year, was market leader for the Guineas and Oaks when suffering an injury in April. She was only three-quarters of a length behind stablemate Halfway To Heaven under a sympathetic ride at Leopardstown on her return and must come on for the run, having been given four weeks to recover and improve.

Nahoodh returned to form in the Falmouth Stakes in July, but didn't give her best when fourth - Darjina was runner-up - in a Deauville Group 1 next time. She bounced back to form with a second at Leopardstown last time, when she was slightly impeded but was being held by Lush Lashes close home when she had room. She has the ability to beat this field at her best.

Spacious scraped home from three rivals in a small race at Doncaster. She had Nahoodh and Lush Lashes behind when runnerup in the 1,000 Guineas, but couldn't confirm the form with Lush Lashes in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. She is much better than she showed at Doncaster, though.

Visit returned in July and four weeks later took a competitive looking Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood. That Group 3 has been an excellent guide since 2000, with winners of this race finishing 1355 in it. Visit has been lightly raced this term and may have more to offer.

Selection Listen

Alternative Darjina Cambridgeshire Handicap

3.50 Newmarket

Docofthebay came from last place in an impossible task to catch Pipedreamer in this race last year. He had a stack of excellent efforts in handicaps last year and ran well in the Royal Hunt Cup this season.

Mutajarred was never going well when favourite for the John Smith's Cup at York and a tenweek absence until Ayr last month suggests a problem was found. The stronger pace will suit him.

Little White Lie has been a credit to his trainer in competitive handicaps between seven and eight and a half furlongs and is just 6lb above his Bunbury Cupwinning mark despite his consistency. The doubt over him is whether he can go well in such a strongly run handicap in which he will need to stay 1m2f.

Since Century City, Luca Cumani's first winner of this race in 1982, was beaten in the valuable 1m2f handicap at Newbury, it has been advisable for Cambridgeshire hopefuls not to have a hard race there or carry a penalty. Cumani's Ask The Butler, who got into trouble at the start and when looking for a run at Newbury, is a must for the shortlist and 12 of the past 20 winners of this race had scored over 1m2f in their successful season.

Mia's Boy showed a sharp turn of foot to cut down Lang Shining at York in May. He was then absent after the Diomed Stakes at the Epsom Derby meeting, where, not surprisingly, he didn't confirm the York form with Blythe Knight on 14lb worse terms. He should be cherry-ripe to go close at each-way odds after runs at Doncaster (hampered) and Great Leighs.

Roger Charlton won this race with the 107-rated three-year-old Cap Juluca in 1995, and his Fifteen Love has won much more difficult handicaps than the former in the Britannia and Totesport Mile. The winner of either of those races has been handicapped out of this event since 1986, which suggests a 7lb rise for his Goodwood win may be too much.

Premio Loco has an excellent Polytrack record, but this race isn't known to fall to horses with an all-weather background. However, his form with Fifteen Love looks interesting on a line through Cape Hawk.

Master Of Arts's six victories this season have seen him rise from 58 to 104 as Sir Mark Prescott tries a new tack in his quest for a fourth win in the race. His previous winners took in some of the traditional big handicaps and were rated 81, 91 and 87. The majority of this gelding's form is on the all-weather tracks and he seems to need a sympathetic surface rather than a fast one.

Yaddree showed his big handicap and straight-course credentials in the Britannia at Royal Ascot and at the same course in July. After a two-month break, he returned to win over this trip at Newbury against mainly higher-rated rivals. A strong gallop will be ideal for him in a race in which the younger generation usually hold their own.

Virtual was off for three months after disappointing in the Britannia but came back in style at Doncaster. Winners of this race finished 15161211 in handicaps at the St Leger meeting between 1975 and 1996. It is interesting that John Gosden's Halling was rated 11lb lower (including his Doncaster penalty) than Virtual when winning this race in 1994.

August 30 was the final day for public form before these weights were calculated and, with a 6lb pull for two and threequarter lengths, Swop seems to have come off better than stablemate Ask The Butler on their running at Sandown. Swop got a bump from his stablemate and the 1m2f trip just found him out up the hill, but he has all the hallmarks of a big plan, though his low draw raises doubts.

Ada River was off the course for three and a half months after running in a Newbury Classic trial in the spring. She ran well on her return in a Listed race at Sandown on August 30, and a day later she wouldn't have incurred 7lb extra in the weights.

Siberian Tiger was drawn wide and trapped wide all the way behind Presvis in the important trial at Newbury. He is better judged on his victory over this trip at Goodwood, but may prefer smaller fields.

Huzzah has been stuck on the 99 mark since May, and one would think the handicapper had sufficient evidence to show some leniency, having raised the colt 6lb for a short-head victory at Chester.

He ran his best race since then when third over the straight mile at Doncaster and has a 4lb pull for just under two lengths with the winner Virtual.

Indian Days came out best of these in the main trial at Newbury, but he was always prominent and it is debatable whether he will confirm the form with the badly drawn quartet who were nearest to him at the finish.

Prince Kalamoun was fourth in the well-documented John Smith's Handicap at Newbury - a race in which winners of this event have finished 22923 since 1982. He had the worst draw and never got competitive, but he would be one to fear on a sound surface, and his trainer Alan Swinbank's Formal Decree finished third in the Newbury race two years ago and then won this prize by four lengths.

Caravel hasn't been out since late July, when he was sixth in a valuable Goodwood handicap in which winners of this race have finished 955. He is unbeaten over this trip at a lower level and has the look of a Prescott runner who will go close if starting on terms.

Military Power was narrowly beaten by Indian Days (2lb worse for a neck) in a Goodwood handicap that is always a good guide.

While not the same calibre as last year's winner of that handicap and this race, Pipedreamer, he is progressive and had a nice pipeopener at Great Leighs three weeks ago.

Selection Yaddree

Alternative Mia's Boy


Listen: must have come on for her first run after almost a year out of the saddle
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 4, 2008
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