Wolverhampton: Fashion Line is unbeaten in two starts at the trackPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Hopes high for Fashion Line in Lincoln Trial
TRAINER Michael Bell is optimistic Fashion Line can make it three from three at Wolverhampton in Saturday's Ladbrokes Lincoln Trial before a step up to Listed level next month.
The Cape Cross filly, who runs in the colours of Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum, was second in two maidens in June and opened her account at Wolverhampton in January.
She returned to the track last month to dead-heat with Sky Khan and is chasing another course-and-distance success on Saturday.
Bell said: "Fashion Line is a filly with a very progressive profile and is unbeaten at Wolverhampton, so we have got to be hopeful. The draw [ten] is not ideal, but in theory it could be worse - we could be in 13.
"She is still relatively inexperienced and was probably a bit green in front last time. You have got to give Sky Khan [who reopposes] some credit though because our filly wasn't stopping, so he must have really picked up. In hindsight, with a couple of smacks a furlong out she might have won outright, but that's nitpicking."
Bell already has one eye on Fashion Line's future and added: "I think she is capable of picking up a bit of black type in the future. After the Lincoln Trial, the plan is to run in a Listed race at Kempton on April 19."
The Lincoln Trial and and the Listed Lady Wulfruna Stakes on Wolverhampton's card will be screened live on Channel 4 on Saturday.