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Master Of The Seas aiming for potential Guineas rematch in St James’s Palace

PA Sport 1:12pm, Tue 4 May 2021

Master Of The Seas (top) was touched off in the 2000 Guineas (David Davies/Jockey Club) The St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot remains the likely next objective for Master Of The Seas following his narrow defeat in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. The Craven Stakes winner came within a short head of providing trainer Charlie Appleby with his first victory in the Rowley Mile Classic – losing out to Jim Bolger’s Poetic Flare in a thrilling finish on Saturday.

Ontario heads for Dee Stakes

PA Sport 10:51am, Tue 4 May 2021

Ontario after winning at last year’s Galway Festival (PA) Aidan O’Brien will rely on Ontario to provide him with a ninth victory in the tote+ Biggest Dividends At Dee Stakes at Chester. Magician (2013), Cliffs Of Moher (2017) and most recently Circus Maximus (2019) are among the previous Ballydoyle residents to win Thursday’s recognised Derby trial on the Roodee.

Sir Busker team mull ParisLongchamp prep for Ascot

PA Sport 9:41am, Tue 4 May 2021

Sir Busker (white cap) has the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot as a big target (Megan Ridgwell/PA) Sir Busker may take in a trip to France as he prepares to bid for Group One glory in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Connections of the William Knight-trained five-year-old will consider the Prix de Montretout, a Listed race over a mile, at ParisLongchamp on May 24 as a stepping stone to next month’s showpiece meeting.

Fox Vardy misses Chester Cup outing

PA Sport 6:01pm, Mon 3 May 2021

Trainer Martyn Meade has announced Fox Vardy will not run in the Chester Cup (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Fox Vardy has been ruled out of the tote+ Chester Cup on the Roodee on Friday. Trainer Martyn Meade has revealed the son of Frankel is not quite right and will therefore miss the valuable long-distance handicap.

High Definition heads 16 in Derby Trial contention

PA Sport 5:53pm, Mon 3 May 2021

High Definition is one of five Aidan O’Brien possibles for the Novibet Derby Trial at Lingfield (PA) High Definition heads five entries from the Aidan O’Brien stable in a total of 16 for the Novibet Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield on Saturday. The Galileo colt, unbeaten in two starts, is currently ante-post favourite for next month’s premier Classic at Epsom.

Castle takes starring role for Stack and Hayes

PA Sport 5:39pm, Mon 3 May 2021

Castle Star ridden by jockey Chris Hayes (centre) wins the GAIN First Filer Stakes race at the Curragh (PA) Castle Star claimed his first career win when taking the Listed GAIN First Flier Stakes at the Curragh for Chris Hayes and Fozzy Stack. The two-year-old son of Starspangledbanner had been narrowly beaten on both of his previous racecourse starts, losing out in maiden contests run over five and six furlongs by a short head and a neck respectively.

Oaks enters equation for Saffron Beach

PA Sport 4:22pm, Mon 3 May 2021

Saffron Beach could run in the Oaks (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Saffron Beach has the Cazoo Oaks among possible next destinations following her fine effort in defeat in the 1000 Guineas. Jane Chapple-Hyam’s filly beat all bar Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth in the Newmarket Classic on Sunday, and was staying on again crossing the line.

No Speak Alexander stakes Classic claims at the Curragh

PA Sport 3:50pm, Mon 3 May 2021

No Speak Alexander lifted the Athasi Stakes at the Curragh (PA) Jessica Harrington’s No Speak Alexander made a successful seasonal reappearance in the Group Three Coolmore Stud Circus Maximus Irish EBF Athasi Stakes at the Curragh. The filly was a winner as a two-year-old and ran competitively in a handful of black-type contests before ending her season with fourth place in the Group Three Weld Park Stakes.

Broome sweeps aside Mooresbridge opposition

PA Sport 3:19pm, Mon 3 May 2021

Broome was a cosy winner at the Curragh (PA) Aidan O’Brien’s Broome completed a hat trick of victories when taking the Group Two Coolmore Sottsass Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh. The five-year-old started his season with a Listed win in the Devoy Stakes at Naas in March, following up that victory with a Group Three triumph in the Alleged Stakes at the Curragh in April.

Fev Rover camp eye choice of Group One targets

PA Sport 2:43pm, Mon 3 May 2021

Fev Rover (middle) has a choice of big-race targets on her agenda (George Selwyn/PA) Fev Rover has either the Irish 1,000 Guineas or the Prix Saint-Alary on her agenda after her big run at Newmarket. Richard Fahey’s filly outran odds of 22-1 to be beaten only a length and a quarter into third by Mother Earth in Sunday’s 1000 Guineas.

Muir sets sights on Coronation Cup date for Pyledriver

PA Sport 1:30pm, Mon 3 May 2021

Pyledriver is all set for the Coronation Cup following his seasonal debut at Newmarket (Edward Whitaker/PA) William Muir was delighted with Pyledriver’s seasonal reappearance on Saturday and will run his stable star next in the Coronation Cup at Epsom next month. The Lambourn trainer expects the four-year-old to be “perfect” for the Group One over the Derby course and distance on June 4 after he blew away the cobwebs with a highly-encouraging effort in the Jockey Club Stakes.

Teal eager to take Gold Cup test with Ocean Wind

PA Sport 12:43pm, Mon 3 May 2021

Ocean Wind got within a length of Stradivarius (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Roger Teal is keen to have another crack at Stradivarius with Ocean Wind after getting within a length of the great stayer in the Sagaro Stakes. The pair will meet again in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot next month, with Teal weighing up whether or not Ocean Wind will run in Sandown’s Henry II Stakes first.

Ground key to The Revenant’s next run

PA Sport 12:15pm, Mon 3 May 2021

The Revenant is set to have his next race where the ground is soft (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Francis Graffard will be looking for soft ground for The Revenant’s next race following another solid effort on unsuitable conditions. The Prix d’Ispahan at ParisLongchamp on May 30 or the Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot on June 15 is likely to be the six-year-old’s next port of call if there is enough cut in the ground.

Wirko is Vase choice for Appleby

PA Sport 11:05am, Mon 3 May 2021

Wirko (left) coming to win the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Charlie Appleby’s Wirko will put his Derby credentials on the line in the Chester Vase. The Kingman colt booked himself a golden ticket into the Classic when winning the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom last time out.

High Definition pointing towards Derby trial at Lingfield

PA Sport 5:18pm, Sun 2 May 2021

Derby favourite High Definition is set to reappear at Lingfield (PA) High Definition, ante-post favourite for the Cazoo Derby, could warm up for Epsom with a run in the Novibet Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield on Saturday. Trainer Aidan O’Brien believes the Surrey track will give the twice-raced unbeaten son of Galileo vital experience ahead of the premier Classic on June 5.

Chapple-Hyam thrilled by Guineas runner-up Saffron Beach

PA Sport 5:07pm, Sun 2 May 2021

Saffron Beach (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Jane Chapple-Hyam saluted the “genius” of Aidan O’Brien as she reflected on the fine run of Saffron Beach to take second in the Qipco 1000 Guineas. Winner of the Oh So Sharp Stakes last year, Chapple-Hyam’s New Bay filly reappeared on the Rowley Mile in the Nell Gwyn last month when she was second behind Sacred.

Opera Gift on song at Salisbury

PA Sport 5:07pm, Sun 2 May 2021

Opera Gift returns victorious at Salisbury (PA) Opera Gift signalled his potential as a staying handicapper this summer after handling lively ground to record a promising victory at Salisbury. Andrew Balding’s Nathaniel gelding cruised into contention and then buckled down well under David Probert to beat Midnights Legacy by more than two lengths – with early pace-setter Gumball a nose further back in the AJN Steelstock ‘Delivering Steel Expertise’ City Bowl Handicap.

Champers Elysees primed for Curragh return

PA Sport 4:16pm, Sun 2 May 2021

Matron Stakes winner Champers Elysees starts her 2021 campaign in the Athasi Stakes at the Curragh (PA) Trainer Johnny Murtagh is looking forward to Champers Elysees’ return to the track at the Curragh for what he anticipates will be a big year for the filly. Champers Elysees begins her campaign in Monday’s Group Three Coolmore Stud Circus Maximus Irish EBF Athasi Stakes.

Mother Earth strikes for O’Brien and Dettori in 1000 Guineas

PA Sport 4:10pm, Sun 2 May 2021

Mother Earth lifts the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in the hands of Frankie Dettori (Mike Egerton/PA) Mother Earth gave trainer Aidan O’Brien a third successive victory in the Qipco 1000 Guineas as she claimed the fillies’ Classic in the hands of Frankie Dettori. All eyes had been on O’Brien’s other runner, Santa Barbara – but it was the bigger-priced filly who grabbed the glory at Newmarket, taking the Ballydoyle trainer’s tally in the race to seven, with five of those victories in the last six years.

Lady Bowthorpe edges Dahlia tussle

PA Sport 3:58pm, Sun 2 May 2021

Lady Bowthorpe (left) battles to a narrow victory in the Betfair Dahlia Stakes (Mike Egerton/PA) Lady Bowthorpe came out on top in a thrilling three-way finish to the Betfair Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket. The William Jarvis-trained five-year-old edged out Queen Power and Lavender’s Blue to claim the Group Two prize.

Mystery Angel has the answers in Pretty Polly

PA Sport 3:02pm, Sun 2 May 2021

Mystery Angel (right) takes the Betfair Pretty Polly Stakes in the hands of Ben Curtis (David Davies/Jockey Club) Mystery Angel made her race fitness count as she took the Listed spoils in the Betfair Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket. The daughter of Kodi Bear, having her fourth race of the year, defeated several highly-regarded rivals to enhance her own reputation.

Zabeel Champion keeps up winning momentum

PA Sport 2:17pm, Sun 2 May 2021

Zabeel Champion and Ben Curtis (left) get up to score at Newmarket (Mike Egerton/PA) Zabeel Champion completed a quickfire hat-trick with the narrowest of victories on the second day of the Guineas Festival at Newmarket. Following back-to-back triumphs at Ripon – most recently scoring comfortably last weekend – Mark Johnston’s colt was a 9-4 chance to add to his tally in the Back And Lay On Betfair Exchange Handicap.

John Leeper victory fuels Derby dreams

PA Sport 10:45am, Sun 2 May 2021

Ed Dunlop (right) with Snow Fairy, John Leeper’s dam, after her Oaks win (Steve Parsons/PA) There are few horses in training better bred than John Leeper, who opened his account impressively at Newcastle and sparked Classic dreams for his connections. The son of Frankel and Snow Fairy, who won 16 Group Ones between them, John Leeper is trained – like his dam – by Ed Dunlop.

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