Say (purple and white) finishing third in the Matron StakesPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
O'Brien's Say bids for better at Keeneland
Preview: USA, Saturday 10.21pm BST (live on ATR)
Keeneland: Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (Grade 1) 1m1f, turf, 3yo fillies
JUST seven days after a no-show in the mud at Keeneland, Ballydoyle's Say (Aidan O'Brien/James Graham) turns out again, this time with blinkers added in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.
The Matron Stakes third, whose dam Riskaverse won the Keeneland Grade 1 in 2002, was well fancied in last weekend's First Lady, where an insipid performance can perhaps be forgiven given the filthy conditions that prevailed as the race was run in torrential downpour.
Likely favourite in Saturday's race is former French-trained Alterite (Chad Brown/John Velazquez), who made a winning debut for her new trainer in the Grade 1 Garden City at Belmont last month, where former the Ed Dunlop-trained Concise (Graham Motion/Edgar Prado) ran well in third.
Grade 2 winner Kitten's Dumplings (Mike Maker/Julien Leparoux) and Grade 1-placed Emotional Kitten (Wesley Ward/Garrett Gomez) both represent leading owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey.
Ladbrokes: 2 Alterite, 9-2 Kitten's Dumplings, 5 Say, 8 Emotional Kitten, Concise, 12 Sarach, Leigh Court, I'm already Sexy, 20 Caroline Thomas