Fillies Star in Thursday Action

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Andrew Balding is looking forward to saddling Jeff Smith's Newbury novice scorer Alcohol Free (Ire) (No Nay Never) in Thursday's G3 Shadwell Dick Poole Fillies' S. at Salisbury. One of 14 juvenile fillies set to line up for the six-furlong contest, for which she is due to break from the outside stall, the bay is held in high regard by her Kingsclere handler. “The filly has huge potential,” he said. “The draw could have been a little kinder. We're stuck out on the wing again, but she's a filly we think a lot of, so I'd hope she'd run very well.” Withdrawn from Goodwood's G3 Prestige S. on Saturday, the McMurray Family's Happy Romance (Ire) (Dandy Man {Ire}) stays at the six-furlong trip over which she captured York's Goffs UK Premier Yearling S. Aug 20, having won the five-furlong Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury July 19, while Ralph Beckett puts forward Qatar Racing's June 28 Listed Empress Fillies' S. scorer Time Scale (GB) (Charm Spirit {Ire}).

At ParisLongchamp, the G3 Prix d'Arenberg over five furlongs sees Wesley Ward try to pull off a group-race double with another filly in Stonestreet Stables' unbeaten Aug. 2 Colleen S. winner Wink (Midshipman). With the stable's Campanelle (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) having put Livachope (Fr) (Goken {Fr}) in his place in the G1 Prix Morny at Deauville Aug. 23, Ward has a line to Alain Jathiere, Alain Chopard and Guy Pariente's bay who reverts to the trip over which he excelled when winning the June 14 Listed Prix la Fleche at Chantilly and July 2 G3 Prix du Bois here.

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