Hitting Top Stride


So far, there has been a real sense that Jazzi Top (GB) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) is a high-class filly waiting to happen and Tuesday could mark her journey to the higher echelons as she takes to Deauville for the G2 Prix de la Nonette. Picked by Frankie Dettori over the subsequent G1 Prix de Diane heroine Star of Seville (GB) (Duke of Marmalade {Ire}) in the G1 Epsom Oaks, Helena Springfield Ltd's homebred who had booked her ticket by winning the May 3 Listed Pretty Polly S. at Newmarket ended up fifth in the June 5 Classic which probably stretched her stamina too far. Back at this 10-furlong trip last time for the G1 Nassau S. at Goodwood, the bay ran into traffic at a crucial point and could easily have been second instead of her eventual finishing position of fifth and so Meon Valley Stud's Mark Weinfeld is hopeful she can make amends here. “It was very much a hard-luck story at Goodwood, but she's in form and this looks a good race for her,” he said. “The big worry is the ground, as we wouldn't want it too heavy. The sun is shining and there's a stiff breeze, so hopefully things will dry out a bit. We did wonder about a mile and a half for her, but the Oaks is the Oaks so we had to have a go. We believe this is her ideal trip. We think she's a very good filly and might even stay in training next year as the family seem to improve with age.” Of the home-trained contingent, the Wildensteins' Little Nightingale (Fr) (Muhtathir {GB}) may have most to offer as a lightly-raced 3-year-old with a win in the 10 1/2-furlong G3 Prix Cleopatre at Saint-Cloud May 13 and a third in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly June 14 behind her. Andreas Wohler ships in the unbeaten Holy Moly (GB) (Mount Nelson {GB}) to test the waters and although she needs to show major improvement on her latest win in Hanover's Listed Grosser Preis vom Meravis July 12, she is unexposed and open to that.

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