Cheveley Park Stakes: Ponder Again to Take Group One Win at Newmarket for Aidan O’Brien | racing news

Meditate gets a second bite of the cherry at the Group One level in the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

The daughter of No Nay Never won each of her first four starts for Aidan O’Brien, including the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Debutante at the Curragh.

He suffered the first loss of his career when he was no match for Tahiyra in the Moyglare Stud Stakes, though he did nothing wrong in the loss, appearing just under a fortnight later at the Rowley Mile.

Meditate and Ryan Moore on their way to winning the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot
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Meditate and Ryan Moore on their way to winning the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot

O’Brien, who scored a fourth win at Cheveley Park in the last six years with Tenebrism 12 months ago, said: “He seems to be in pretty good shape.

“She came out of Moyglare very well. She had a good race there, but obviously we haven’t done much with her since then. We hope she runs well.”

As Meditate is receding into the distance, the Richard Hannon-trained Trillium take a step back after narrowly edging The Platinum Queen at the five-stadium Flying Childers in Doncaster, with the pair head and shoulders above the rest.

Hannon said: “I trained her dam Marsh Hawk, she was a good filly and she was fast and the stallion (No Nay Never) has had a great year. She has everything going for her and she is on her way.

Trillium (left) and Pat Dobbs win the Flying Childers Stakes from The Platinum Queen and Oisin Orr
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Trillium (left) and Pat Dobbs win the Flying Childers Stakes from The Platinum Queen and Oisin Orr

“I won Cheveley Park with Tiggy Wiggy in 2014. She had a lot of speed, but this filly has a lot of range. Tiggy Wiggy won her races midway and this filly is only going a furlong. It’s only two weeks after her last race, but I’m very hopeful that she’ll be the best in the race.”

Swingalong earned his spot with a 25-1 success at York’s Lowther last month. While the Showcasing filly was very much trainer Karl Burke’s second row at Knavesmire, with her stablemate and heavy favorite Dramatized failing to see all six furlongs in fifth, the Spigot Lodge handler doesn’t think there was any fluke in Swingalong’s victory.

He said: “It looks like a very hot Cheveley Park to me, but I think she goes there with a good fighting chance.

“It was no surprise to us to see her run well in York. Swingalong is a good filly in her own right and we’ll see how good she is on Saturday.”

Mawj (left) and Lezoo battle it out in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket
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Mawj (left) and Lezoo battle it out in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket

Saeed bin Suroor’s Duchess of Cambridge winner Mawj was beaten by three lengths to fourth by Swingalong in York and faces her once again.

“He worked well on Saturday, he’s in good shape,” Bin Suroor said. “She had a good break because she was busy in the summer, you have to look after the fillies. She won at Newmarket and then she went to York and we’ve given her a break after that.”

“I think she’s ready for this now, she’s in really good shape, she’s really solid and she’s working really hard.”

Ralph Beckett has a strong hand with Lezoo, runner-up to the Duchess of Cambridge before winning the Princess Margaret at Ascot, along with his Dick Poole Stakes-winning stablemate Juliet Sierra.

The latter wears the colors of Juddmonte, whose race director Barry Mahon said: “He’s in good shape and he came out of Salisbury well. I think it’s raining a bit but I don’t think it’s too big a deal, so the ground it must be good.

“His time was very fast at Salisbury – I think he was the second fastest Dick Poole ever, which was encouraging to see.

“It’s a big step forward, but we’ll give it a try. He had the option to go for the Rockfel, but we felt he had enough speed to stay within six furlongs for the time being.”

The Supplemented Treasure Trove, winner of the Roses Stakes at York and Round Tower at the Curragh, is also featured in a competitive field.

Trainer Paddy Twomey said: “She’s tough, she’s been in good form this summer and she’s made progress with racing, so we’re really looking forward to running her at Cheveley Park.”

“She’s raced on soft, heavy ground before against good horses, but I think the ground should be perfect for her on Saturday. The good ground seemed to work for her during August.”

“Cheveley Park is a very important race and we are delighted to be involved.”

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