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Cubanita aims to reach PInnacle

Ralph Beckett is confident Cubanita can atone for her York trespasses in the Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.

The five-year-old got her campaign off to the best possible start when narrowly defeating Noble Mission in the John Porter Stakes at Newbury, form which has been significantly boosted by the runner-up's subsequent exploits.

Cubanita was stepped up to a mile and three-quarters for the first time in the Yorkshire Cup on her next appearance, but after trailing home 11th of the 12 runners, Beckett is looking forward to coming back in distance on Merseyside.

Beckett said: "She was clearly a non-stayer at York. It was entirely down to the trip.

"She's coming back to a mile and a half on Saturday and the track and the ground should suit her well.

"She came out of York in good shape. Everything looks to be in her favour and we're looking forward to running her."

Cubanita concedes weight to each of her 10 opponents in what looks a hot Group Three.

John Gosden launches a formidable twin assault at the race with Salisbury maiden winner Sultanina, the mount of stable jockey William Buick, and the Frankie Dettori-ridden Freedom's Light.

The Luca Cumani-trained Silk Sari earned a step up in class with an impressive display in a Doncaster handicap at the start of May. The Newmarket-based Italian also saddles Khione.

Hollowina has a mountain to climb on official ratings, but trainer David Brown is hopeful of a positive showing on her seasonal debut.

Brown said: "She won her maiden as a two-year-old at Haydock and then ran very creditably in a Listed race at Newmarket.

"She started off her three-year-old year with a very good run in the Cheshire Oaks, where she might have finished third but for being hampered, but she lost her way for the rest of the year.

"She seems in good form at the moment and she's in foal to Cityscape.

"She could have two or three more runs and hopefully she can begin the recovery mission this weekend."

Sir Michael Stoute's Astonishing was not far behind Cubanita at Newbury earlier in the year and reopposes.

Madame Defarge, Moment In Time, Quiz Mistress and Special Meaning complete the field.