Roger Varian: saddled Talmada to finish second in this race last year
PICTURE: Martin Lynch
By Bruce Jackson 9:54AM 24 JUN 2016
Preview: Newcastle, Friday, 7.45
Betfred TV/EBF Stallions Hoppings Stakes (Listed), 1m3f, 3yo+, fillies & mares
COVERT LOVE, last year’s winner of this Listed contest, went on to win the Group 1 Irish Oaks and Prix de l’Opera after becoming the second successive three-year-old to land this feature for fillies and mares.
Of the three fillies representing the Classic generation, only Nezwaah has a fancy entry having been put in the Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.
Her trainer Roger Varian was unlucky to come up against the progressive winner last year with runner-up Talmada.
‘Very happy with her’
Varian said of this year’s leading contender: “Nezwaah has been working nicely and I am very happy with her condition. She has won twice on the all-weather in the past and ought to be very competitive.”
Even though the other two three-year-olds, Sagely and Secret Sense, have it to do on official ratings, they can take comfort from the fact that Covert Love came into this race with a rating of 92, which is just 2lb higher than Sagely’s mark here.
‘Hope she’ll like the surface’
Listed scorer Chain Of Daisies bids for a second victory at the level though gives weight away all round on just her second start on the all-weather.
Trainer Henry Candy said: “She seems in very good form and we hope she’ll like the surface. If she does she’ll run a good race.”