Fabre has high hopes for Fintry
Views from connections ahead of Saturday's Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Atalanta Stakes at Sandown.
Andre Fabre expects Fintry to put up a good show despite an enforced 90-day lay-off when she returns in the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Atalanta Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.
The master French trainer has stressed the Godolphin filly will need the run after being ill during the summer but believes she will do herself justice on her comeback run, with the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket in the autumn her main objective,
He is also hoping the ground dries out for the daughter of Shamardal, who is burdened with a 7lb penalty for winning the Group Two Prix de Sandringham at Chantilly on June 1.
"She's been off for nearly the whole summer. She got affected by a serious cough, so she will need the race," said Fabre.
"Hopefully the ground will be good but it has been raining there this week.
"Apart from that she has been a nice filly with a good record and she will run well.
"The idea is to have her fit for the Sun Chariot."
Godolphin are also represented by the four-year-old Zibelina, who has just had the one run this term, finishing third to Be My Gal at Goodwood in early May.
Charlie Appleby's charge was a close fourth behind dead-heaters Integral and Ladys First in this race 12 months ago, and she carries plenty of stable confidence this time round.
"She seems in good form and has had a nice break since her last run," said Appleby.
"She'll appreciate the cut in the ground and we're looking forward to running her."
Karl Burke is undaunted at taking on Fintry and the others with Odeliz, who was only beaten a length by Thistle Bird in Epsom in June before claiming a narrow fourth to Mango Diva in the Group Two Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh last time out.
Odeliz was declared for the Group Three Dance Design Stakes back there on Sunday as a precaution but Burke insists she will run at Sandown.
"We just wanted to give ourselves every option, ground wise etc, but she's definitely going to Sandown," said the Middleham trainer.
"She's in great form. She looks as though she's improved again, she's heavier than she's ever been and she's working as well as she's ever done.
"We're taking on a French filly with a very good trainer, but we're going to give it a shot and I think we're going to give her a good race.
"She loves cut in the ground and it will be on the soft side at Sandown and I think the track will really suit her."
Richard Hannon is convinced Zurigha has outstanding claims on the form she has shown this season against some of the best fillies around.
"The ground will be testing, but Zurigha did finish fourth in the French 1000 Guineas (last year) when it was very soft, so I'd like to think that she will handle conditions in the Atalanta," he told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.
"Look at her two best runs this year and her claims are outstanding.
"She beat Ribbons on the Polytrack a Kempton in April, and James Fanshawe's filly franked the form when winning a Group One in France last weekend, while Zurigha's last run at Ascot's King George meeting - third to Euro Charline - looks pretty smart following the winner's subsequent victory in the Grade One Beverly D in Chicago."
Hugo Palmer has been delighted with Audacia since she took Listed honours in the Pipalong Stakes at Pontefract on her latest start but he knows she has more on her plate here.
"A flash thunderstorm will help Audacia, but she will be fine on the ground whatever it is," said the Newmarket handler.
"It's not going to be quick ground, it's going to be slow ground. She's done nothing but improve all year and she has come on since Pontefract but she will obviously need to. Pontefract was a Listed race and this is a Group race."