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Millenary to turn back time.

Byline: Stable Boy

It should be a case of hats off to Millenary who is a confident selection to get back on the winning trail in the Stan James Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury today.

John Dunlop's four-year-old has taken on the best middle-distance performers in Europe since his triumph in last season's Rothmans Royals St Leger.

He outbattled Sir Michael Stoute's Air Marshall on Town Moor, proving too strong in the mile and three-quarters contest.

The son of Rainbow Quest dropped back to 12 furlongs for his seasonal reappearance and was most impressive in slamming Sandmason in the Sagitta Jockey Club Stakes.

Henry Cecil's colt gave that form a nice boost when winning the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Millenary then found the twists and turns of Epsom not to his liking in the Vodafone Coronation Cup, beaten four lengths third by Mutafaweq.

But he put up a decent performance on his last start where he finished sixth in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot.

But the drop back to Group Two company, allied to the fact that he tackles a trip just short of the Leger distance again, gives him every chance here.

Arkadian Hero has failed in his attempts to land success at the very highest level but he is could be too good for his rivals in the Group Three Stan James Hungerford Stakes.

Luca Cumani's six-year-old is also ideally suited to seven furlongs as he does not truly get a mile.

However, he did run a cracker over eight furlongs behind Medicean in the Queen Anne Stakes at the Royal meeting on his latest start.

Held up in rear, he was switched to make his run and finished third, beaten a length and a neck behind the winner and Swallow Flight.

Arkadian Hero can be difficult at the start but if he is on his best behaviour he should prevail, provided he gets sound conditions underfoot - basically the faster the better.

Ripon stages the valuable William Hill-sponsored Great St Wilfrid (Showcase Handicap) and Jeremy Glover's Jodeeka must have a squeak.

Glover's filly is an admirably consistent performer who won over five furlongs at this course in June.

She has risen 19lbs in the weights since but scored along the way at Hamilton and finished a good second at Haydock on her last outing.

She did nothing wrong but couldn't quite get to the winner Ptarmigan Ridge, beaten two lengths, although she does still look capable of winning off this sort of mark.

Tomorrow, Monnavanna can make a triumphant return to Britain.

She has an obvious chance in the Slatch Farm Stud Flying Fillies' Stakes at Pontefract.

The three-year-old trailed in seventh on her last outing in this country, never able to land a blow behind Banks Hill in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

But trainer Geoff Wragg looks to have found her an ideal chance to resume winning ways.
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Title Annotation:Racing
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Aug 18, 2001
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