Melody aiming to hit winning note
Ann Duffield will forge a rare link-up with Frankie Dettori when Melody Of Love runs in the Vision.ae Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
Melody Of Love, who is owned and was bred by Pauline Good, has earned her place in the line-up after finishing second in the Ripon Champion Two-Year-Old Trophy and graduating to Pattern class by winning the Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr.
The daughter of Haafhd must now prove she can stay an extra furlong, as all her previous starts have been over six.
"We were delighted she won a Group Three, so she has deserved her chance in a Group Two," said Duffield, who trains with her husband, former jockey George, near Leyburn in North Yorkshire.
"Obviously she has got plenty of speed so the trip is a bit of a concern but her pedigree suggests she will get it.
"We're going slightly into unknown territory and you don't find easy Group races, but we can still be quite hopeful."
On the booking of Dettori, Duffield said: "Frankie doesn't ride up north regularly so we haven't really used him, but Paul Mulrennan, who has ridden her in all her races, has decided to go to York for a few rides.
"Pound for pound, Frankie is one of the best, if not the best, so we're very happy to have him."
Jim Bolger landed the Rockfel back in 2006 with Finsceal Beo, who went on to take the following year's English and Irish 1000 Guineas.
He has opted to run Scintillula, who is still a maiden but a very good one, as she was second to Sky Lantern in the Moyglare Stud Stakes last time.
David Wachman's Gift From Heaven looked potentially smart when striking on her Fairyhouse debut while the Charlie Hills runner Just The Judge has landed both her Newbury starts, in a maiden and a Listed event in mid-August.
"I'm looking forward to getting her back on track and I think she goes there with as good chance as any of them," said Hills.
"She hasn't run in a while but she's in good form and the ground should be similar to when she won her maiden.
"Her Listed win at Newbury wasn't too surprising because she has always shown that she is a nice filly. Hopefully she'll run a big race."
Richard Hannon takes a slight leap of faith with Zurigha on the back of just a Kempton maiden success.
"She beat a Godolphin hotpot on her debut on the Polytrack at Kempton, and they pulled six lengths clear of the rest, so it was probably a decent maiden," the trainer told www.richardhannon.co.uk.
"Being by Cape Cross, a bit of juice won't worry her, but there are some other classy fillies in there, so we will have to see.
The other leading challenger could be Desert Blossom, who was third to a Godolphin stablemate Lovely Pass in a decent conditions race at Ascot last month.