Queen's Fabricate bids to repeat the feat in Winter Hill Stakes
Michael Bell is hoping the Queen’s Fabricate (6.15) can replicate last year’s victory in the feature Group 3 Bet & Watch At sunbets.co.uk Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor on Saturday evening.
The six-year-old scored in Group company at the first attempt in this contest and has been running well this season, winning the Listed Magnolia Stakes at Kempton and finishing a short-head second to Crystal Ocean in the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown.
James Doyle’s mount is the one to beat on ratings and there is plenty in his favour according to his trainer. Bell said: “This has been the aim since Ascot and we can’t argue with the small field size.
“He comes out on top on official ratings and in principle it looks a good opportunity. He’s effective at the track and good to firm ground is ideal.”
Fabricate's main rival appears to be First Sitting, who ran well when third to Talismanic at Deauville last time and won in Listed company at Goodwood earlier this season.
Trainer Chris Wall said: “It’s quite a quick return following his Deauville run but he’s come out of it really well. He should be competitive and probably should have finished second last time as he was a bit unlucky in a race in which they went ridiculously slow.”
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Convey returns from a layoff on his second start of the turf campaign but has little to find at the weights. Euro Nightmare and Global Giant complete the line-up for the £60,000 contest.Sri Lanka August Stakes with the six-year-old reverting to Listed company for the first time since landing the Buckhounds Stakes at Ascot in May.
Barsanti, owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, finished fourth in the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot and fifth in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket last time.
Varian said: “I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Barsanti in his last two starts, but he looks to have come back to himself recently and this represents a drop in class.
“On the form of his win in the Buckhounds he should be a serious player even under a penalty, and the intermediate trip won’t inconvenience him.”
Game Starter, successful on all three starts last year, and Prize Money return from long layoffs for Saeed Bin Suroor and are open to improvement, while Desert Encounter, a Group 3 winner at Newbury last year, drops in grade after a stiff task in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Trainer David Simcock said: “Desert Encounter goes there in good order and has won over course and distance. It looks a tight race though and Game Starter is the unknown – he was really progressive last year.”
Roger Charlton feels Group 3-placed filly Cribbs Causeway has each-way claims in a tight but competitive renewal, in which the Richard Hannon-trained Euginio, who was second in the Wolferton at Royal Ascot in June, also runs.
Charlton said: “She's been a little bit disappointing recently. This looks a tougher race than she's been running in so place prospects are the best we can hope for.”
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