Sobetsu was a ten-length winner of a maiden on the Rowley Mile
By Keith Melrose 1:27PM 5 OCT 2016
SOBETSU, so impressive when winning a maiden by ten lengths on the Rowley Mile last month, faces seven rivals as she bids to land the Group 1 Dubai Fillies’ Mile (3.10) over the same course-and-distance on Friday.
The Dubawi filly has been made favourite based on the strength of her success less than three weeks ago, but the task will be notably tougher against several fillies with Group experience.
Trainer Charlie Appleby, who won the Prix Marcel Boussac last weekend with Wuheida, said: “I am very pleased with Sobetsu, she is proven on the track, which is a bonus, and I think that she has a very solid chance in the Dubai Fillies’ Mile.
“I appreciate that she has got to get past Spatial, and we very much respect her, but when they met before it was Sobetsu’s debut whereas Spatial had already run, finishing second to Wuheida. Sobetsu really came forward for that first run and was very impressive last time.”
Aidan O’Brien has won the last two Fillies’ Miles, including with Minding 12 months ago, and will this time saddle Hydrangea and Rhododendron, second and third respectively to Intricately in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh last time.
Spatial already has a success over Sobetsu on the latter’s debut and could also prove a major threat, as could May Hill winner Rich Legacy. Urban Fox, third in the May Hill, and maiden winners Easy Victory and Fleabiscuit complete the field.
Future Champions Weekend kicks off
The Fillies’ Mile is one of four Group races at Newmarket on Friday. Also for juveniles on the first day of Future Champions Weekend are the Cornwallis Stakes (1.35), in which Molecomb winner Yalta takes on the unbeaten Mrs Danvers, and the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes (2.05), which features May Hill second Grecian Light and Asidious Alexander.
There is also the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (2.40), a seven furlong contest for three-year-olds and up that has brought together Cougar Mountain and Gifted Master, first and second in the recent Joel Stakes, as well as Jallota, most recently seen when being touched off in a Group 1 at San Siro.
Newmarket watering to maintain
With a dry forecast in East Anglia, clerk of the course Michael Prosser revealed that some watering had been required.
Speaking on Wednesday afternoon, he said: “We’ve just changed the going to good to firm, good in places. It was 50-50 around declarations time but it’s a dry, blustery day here and it has firmed up since.
“As a result, we’ve just put on 3mm in the straight to maintain current conditions. It’s a largely dry forecast, with less wind, more cloud and maybe a little bit of rain on Friday, but no more than 0.5mm to 1mm.”