Sirenia set to be informative
View from connections ahead of Saturday's totescoop6 'The Millionaire Maker' Sirenia Stakes at Kempton Park.
Bright young juvenile talents Home Of The Brave and Misleading are among those attempting to make an impression in Saturday's totescoop6 'The Millionaire Maker' Sirenia Stakes at Kempton.
The former is trained by Hugo Palmer, who has claimed the first two Group races of his career within the last week, with Aktabantay landing the Solario Stakes, and New Providence Thursday's Dick Poole at Salisbury.
Home Of The Brave clearly has a big reputation, as he scored well at odds-on in a Newmarket maiden, has top Irish pilot Kevin Manning booked and has been entered for the Vision.ae Middle Park Stakes.
Peter Chapple-Hyam's Misleading is also engaged in the Middle Park and could have done little more than score on his debut in a Glorious Goodwood maiden.
Palmer said of his runner on his blog for www.stanjames.com: "The horse is in great form, he really is. He only had a leg-stretch last time at Newmarket and James Doyle struggled to pull him up. I'm sure he's improved since Newmarket but he's going to have had to.
"That was a median auction maiden and he's running here in a Group Three. He's nicely drawn. There's a field of 11 and I suppose there's a chance Jamie Osborne's filly Prime Exhibit might be a non-runner because she was four lengths behind New Providence yesterday.
"I'd have thought she'd have to improve on getting beaten four lengths by New Providence against Home Of The Brave but we will see. I'm pleased with the draw, pleased with the colt and quite pleased to see that Mark Johnston didn't declare Jungle Cat who's been placed in at least two, if not three, Group races already this year.
"Fingers crossed the horse can keep improving on an upward trajectory. If he was a filly I'd be very confident of him getting his black type but it's not much good to a colt finishing third."
Marco Botti feels there should be better times ahead for Fanciful Angel, who was off the mark at Yarmouth but beat only one home in a conditions event at Newmarket.
"Things didn't go to plan for him at Newmarket last time," said the trainer. "There wasn't much pace in the race and he got caught a little bit flat footed.
"He is a horse we have always liked a lot and we think he is better than he showed at Newmarket. Before that he won his maiden nicely.
"It is a big step up to a Group Three, but he should handle the surface and we hope he can develop into a stakes horse."
Maftool, who won a maiden at Pontefract, represents Saeed bin Suroor.
He said: "Maftool has been going very well since winning at Pontefract. He is a horse I've always liked a lot, and we'll see how he gets on. This is a nice race, so we'll learn a bit more about him."
Last year's race was won by Richard Hannon and De La Warr Racing through Brown Sugar, and his half-brother Burnt Sugar is one of a couple of runners for the Hannon stable, being joined by Dr No.
"Burnt Sugar won six lengths on his only previous race on the Polytrack (at Lingfield), which is encouraging, and though Dr No is first time on the surface, he has plenty of speed as was evident when he was only beaten a couple of lengths in the Coventry at Royal Ascot," said the trainer on www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.