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British challengers bring added spice to intriguing Group 3 Stanerra Stakes

Sherbet Lemon: flies the flag for Archie Watson and Apple Tree Stud in Leopardstown's Group 3 highlight
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Irish Stallion Farms EBF Stanerra Stakes (Group 3)| 1m6f | 3yo+ | Fillies and Mares | RTV

The competitiveness of this Group 3 is enhanced greatly by the presence of two British-trained runners, with Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Sherbet Lemon out to bounce back from a somewhat disappointing display at Epsom.

A half-sister to Melbourne Cup third Il Paradiso, Sherbet Lemon could really enjoy this longer trip, over which the Roger Varian-trained Believe In Love is already proven.

The four-year-old failed to fire on her comeback at York when reportedly losing her action but her mark of 105 sets the standard, for all that she must give weight to her rivals.

Believe In Love: Group 3 success in the Prix Belle de Nuit last season

High Heels will bid to enhance Aidan O'Brien's excellent record in the race on the back of an encouraging third in the Munster Oaks, while Jessica Harrington's pair of Forbearance and Camphor warrant respect, with the trip bound to suit the latter.

Dermot Weld relies on course winner Federica Sophia, who performed with credit when just touched off in the Cork Derby against more experienced rivals last time.


What they say

Roger Varian, trainer of Believe In Love
Her reappearance didn't go to plan but we're happy to draw a line through that and she's training sweetly at the moment. She's got to carry a penalty for her Group 3 win and also has to give some weight away to younger horses, so it's not going to be easy. We think this is a suitable race for her, though, and the ground shouldn't be a problem.

Jessica Harrington, trainer of Forbearance and Camphor
It'd be great if both could pick up some black type. Forbearance is a smart filly on her day and Camphor ran well on quick ground at Pontefract last time over a couple of furlongs shorter than this.

Federica Sophia: makes her first start in Group company for Dermot Weld

Dermot Weld, trainer of Federica Sophia
She's been consistent and I think she's entitled to take her chance at getting some black type in a Group race. The visor is just to help her concentrate.

Sheila Lavery, trainer of Tashi
It was a lovely performance from her last time and she had just been unfortunate previously not to have won a maiden. We think a lot of her and this trip – as well as the ground easing – will suit her. 

Aidan O'Brien, trainer of High Heels and Glinting
High Heels was stepping up to a mile and a half for the first time on her last start and that was her best run. She looked like she might be able to stay a bit further. Glinting's brothers [including Bondi Beach and Constantinople] stayed well so hopefully this will suit her. 

Robert Thornton, racing/stud manager for Apple Tree Stud, owners of Sherbet Lemon
We hope the step up in trip will suit her as she possibly needs a little time to get into her rhythm. The Oaks might have come a bit too soon for her mentally but she's shown no ill effects of that run.


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Her reappearance obviously didn't go to plan but we're happy to draw a line through that and she's training sweetly at the moment
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