Chris Wall worried rain could burst Double Or Bubble's chances of a four-timer
Novibet Chartwell Fillies' Stakes (Group 3) | 7f | 3yo+ | ITV4/Sky
Seven of the last nine winners of Chartwell Fillies' Stakes failed to win another race during their careers, such is the desire and value to own a Group 3 filly who has the potential to become a successful broodmare.
This race will have long been considered a realistic and highly anticipated seasonal target for those just below the top level. Despite having that in mind, this year's field looks pretty classy with six runners boasting an official rating of 100 or higher.
Bounce The Blues and three-year-old Isabella Giles top the charts on that score thanks to identical marks of 107. The first-named filly has run three times trainer Andrew Balding since she moved from John Feane, for whom she won at Listed level last season.
Runner-up in the Rosemary Stakes last September and an eyecatching fifth against the boys on her return, Bounce The Blues should relish the drop to 7f and appears to have been primed for success on the Lingfield turf.
Isabella Giles is evidently a longer term prospect with trainer Clive Cox bypassing the 1,000 Guineas in favour of a drop back in trip. Further rain would enhance her chances of a third Group success following victories in the Prestige and Rockfel last year.
Her willingness to grind out wins is a characteristic many lack, but she will have to settle much better than when a fading sixth on her return in the Fred Darling if she is to play a part on her first outing against her elders.
They include the four-timer-seeking Double Or Bubble, who is a sister to the 2017 winner of this race Mix And Mingle. Both are owned by breeder Salah Fustok and success here for the Chris Wall-trained filly may book her place in the breeding sheds this winter.
Finally, the Andreas Wohler-trained Axana brings some international flavour and can't be discounted with two strikes at this level to her name. It has to be noted that fellow German Peter Schiergen caused a 16-1 shock in 2014 with Emerald Star.
Race analysis by Tom Collins
Double Or Bubble looking to emulate her sister
Double Or Bubble bids to keep a family tradition going by winning the feature for older females just as her sister Mix And Mingle did in 2017.
Providing the worst of the rains stay away from the Surrey circuit, trainer Chris Wall is hoping his four-year-old can back up her impressive return in a 7f handicap at Newmarket’s Craven meeting last month.
Jockey Jack Mitchell achieved a notable first at Lingfield in April when riding his first winner on All-Weather Finals day and is back on board the daughter of Exceed And Excel, who is on a four-timer after wins at Sandown and Ascot at the end of 2020.
Wall said: “Unfortunately we’re not going to get Double Or Bubble’s ideal ground and if it came up very soft we may have to consider if we run her or not. On the plus side, she’s very well and came out of her Newmarket run in great shape and worked well last week. If conditions allow, I’m sure she’ll be competitive."
On the similarities between Mix And Mingle and Double Or Bubble, Wall said: “Funnily enough, they’re not like each other at all. Mix And Mingle was a chestnut, whereas Double Or Bubble is a bay. Mix And Mingle was a neat, compact model, whereas Double Or Bubble is quite rangy and leggy, and the more laid-back of the pair. The only similarities is they both want fast ground.”
What the rest say
Oisin Murphy, rider of Bounce The Blues
She has form on soft ground so won’t mind a drop of rain. I’ve ridden her at home lately and she went nicely. This looks a good spot for her and Andrew's [Balding] horses are flying.
Emily Scott, racing manager to Amo Racing, owners of Meu Amor
I saw her at evening stables last night and she hasn’t yet come in her coat, but we feel this is a nice starting point.
Reporting by David Milnes
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