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Nunthorpe temptation for The Platinum Queen with Hollie Doyle 'pencilled in'

The Platinum Queen broke the juvenile course record at Glorious Goodwood
The Platinum Queen broke the juvenile course record at Glorious GoodwoodCredit: Mark Cranham

The Platinum Queen could be supplemented for the Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York this month after breaking the juvenile course record at Glorious Goodwood.

The Richard Fahey-trained filly was an impressive winner of the Alice Keppel Fillies' Conditions Stakes last Wednesday, scorching off from the front to record a comfortable four-length victory.

The daughter of Cotai Glory clocked a time of 56.50secs, which was quicker than the Group 3 Molecomb winner Trillium earlier on the card over the same distance, and the result confirmed a step up in grade for the filly but has left owners Middleham Park tempted to throw her in at the deep end.

"The time she clocked was very, very special," said syndicate manager Tom Palin. "There has been some talk about should we have gone for the Molecomb and the time indicates that, but probably for the filly's progression the slightly calmer waters were best. Richard felt that as well.

CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Oisin Orr riding The Platinum Queen win The British EBF Alice Keppel Fillies' Conditions Stakes during day two of the Qatar Goodwood Festival at Goodwood Racecourse on July 27, 2022 in Chichester, England. (Photo by Alan Cro
The Platinum Queen is ready to take a step up into Pattern companyCredit: Alan Crowhurst (Getty Images)

"Now is the time we can start stepping her up into Pattern company and just starting to have more of a look under the bonnet. She'll definitely go to York. There's the Listed Roses Stakes which I imagine she'll be a short-priced favourite for and it's whether we go for the Nunthorpe.

"I would say it's the million dollar question, but it's not, it's the £40,000 question! We've got Hollie Doyle pencilled in at this stage to ride her. You're not going to find many multiple Group 1-winning jockeys who can do 8st 2lb, which it will be on the day."

The temptation is even stronger as Palin believes no horse is staking its claim in the sprinting division and it is wide open for an emerging star.

"I'm not sure about the division this year as there's no Battaash. I think it's a lot of high 100-rated horses and low 110s who are in the division, and she's been put up to 106 so on rating alone she's in the mix, let alone the weight-for-age she would receive." added Palin.

Syndicate manager Tom Palin on going for the Nunthorpe: 'On weights and measures it's quite appealing'
Syndicate manager Tom Palin on going for the Nunthorpe: 'On weights and measures it's quite appealing'Credit: Mark Cranham

"On weights and measures it's quite appealing and it's quite a draw. Maybe some years where there is a Battaash or a sprint champion in there you might sway and go for the Roses, but this year it's tempting.

"I think it would be great sport, it would be good fun to see what would happen. I know Richard is keen to give it a bit of a kick and a lot of syndicate members are quite excited to give it a go – we just want to get all the facts at our disposal and see how the filly is.

"We don't need to make a decision until August 13, so we've got time to see how she is, see how she's working, try to get Hollie up there to have a sit on her if we can and make an informed decision as late as we can.

"I know the two-year-old fillies don't have a great record, but it's exciting. A lot of the sectional boys are excited too, as are members of the press, but there will be no-one more excited by it than ourselves. We kind of want to get stuck in and give it a go."

Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (York, August 19)

William Hill: 2 Royal Aclaim, 6 Dramatised, 8 Little Big Bear, The Platinum Queen, Twilight Calls, 10 Khaadem, Persian Force, 12 Flotus, Highfield Princess, Raasel, 16 bar

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Harry WilsonReporter

Published on 3 August 2022inNews

Last updated 14:06, 3 August 2022