Star gazes at Swettenham prize
Starscope aims to give the form of the 1000 Guineas another boost in the Swettenham Stud Fillies' Trial Stakes at Newbury on Friday.
Stablemate The Fugue finished two places behind John Gosden's Guineas runner-up at Newmarket and subsequenly waltzed away with the Musidora Stakes at York on Wednesday.
Starscope steps up to 10 furlongs for this Listed heat, but Chris Richardson, managing director of owners Cheveley Park Stud, feels that should be well within her compass.
"Obviously the Guineas form was franked at York but the Guineas form is usually rock-solid anyway," said Richardson.
"It was a very pleasing run by our horse in the Guineas but our filly is a different type to The Fugue.
"We were very pleased with the Guineas, but we want to see if she'll stay further and then we can establish a way forward for the rest of the season.
"Her jockey (Jimmy Fortune) got off her last time and said she'd have no trouble staying further - in the Nell Gwyn and the Guineas she's been doing her best work at the finish.
"She's a lightly-raced filly but we need to get her to concentrate in her races - she wears a hood - and we need the penny to drop.
"She's in the Coronation so we'll see if we'll be going back to a mile or staying at this sort of trip (10 furlongs)."
Another youngster bringing Group One form to the table is the Roger Varian-trained Firdaws.
Having stepped straight out of winning a maiden last September, she performed creditably in the Fillies' Mile by finishing third behind Lyric Of Light
She still holds entries in the Irish 1000 Guineas and the Investec Oaks.
"Firdaws has taken a little while to come to hand this spring but she is where we want her now," the Newmarket handler told www.varianstable.com.
"Every time she has worked she has improved and she is ready for a run.
"She ought to stay 10 furlongs well and hopefully she will run a promising race which will point us in the right direction for the future."
Michael Bell's Momentary makes just her second start after having finished fourth in a 10-furlong Newbury maiden on her debut in April.
Owned and bred by the Queen, she holds an entry in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot.
"We are slightly throwing her in at the deep end a bit," said Bell.
"Her work at home has been very impressive, however, so we'll see. The Newbury form hasn't worked out, though, so that's a bit of a worry. We feel she deserves to take her chance."
Hughie Morrison runs Shirocco Star, who steps up in class having won a Newbury maiden in October.
Her owners, Helena Springfield Ltd, also have last year's winner Izzi Top and will be hoping Shirocco Star has the same ability.
"Obviously we are aiming a bit high, but she's a quality filly," said Morrison.
"It will be hard work against six classy fillies and she will improve for the run, I would have thought.
"She has a handicap mark of 76 but her owners are commercial breeders so there's no point going for a 0-80 handicap with her. She's a very nice filly and we hope she's up to it."