Noble Mission (near): reopposes Universal in the Jockey Club StakesPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Noble on mission to claim biggest success
ON THE two-year anniversary of Frankel’s mesmerising 2,000 Guineas success, his brother Noble Mission goes in search of his biggest victory in the four-runner Group 2 Qatar Bloodstock Jockey Club Stakes (3.10) at Newmarket.
Noble Mission gave the impression he might of needed the run when on the wrong end of a three-way photo in last month’s Group 3 John Porter Stakes at Newbury, where he went down by half a length to the race-fit Universal, who reopposes on the same terms today.
Trainer Sir Henry Cecil, targeting a first win in the race since 1982, said: “He has the two older horses to beat but he is working well and I am happy with him.
“He needed the run last time as most of mine who went to Newbury did. I don’t expect the ground to bother him. He’s got a chance but he’s no good thing.”
Six-year-olds Dandino, on a first start for trainer Marco Botti, and the globetrotting Wigmore Hall complete the small but select line-up.
As well as the Qipco 2,000 Guineas and the Jockey Club Stakes, Newmarket hosts an ultra-competitive Group 3 Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes with 2010 Nunthorpe Stakes winner Sole Power heading the betting at 5-1.
Elsewhere there are six other meetings in Britain and Ireland, not to mention the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (BST 11.24pm), on a day packed with quality action.
Saturday going report
Doncaster: Good to Firm (watered)
Goodwood: Good, Good to Firm in places on the round course
Limerick: Soft, Yielding to Soft in places
Newmarket: Good to Firm (watered)
Thirsk: Good to Firm, Good in places
Uttoxter: Good, Good to Firm in places