Malavath Pointing Towards Newmarket Classic Challenge

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Trainer Francis Graffard has indicated that Malavath (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) is on course for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 1 following her victory in last week's G3 Prix Imprudence.

The Tally-Ho Stud-bred filly is owned by Everest Racing, David Redvers and Barbara Keller, and she enjoyed a successful juvenile campaign, winning the G2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte before travelling to California to finish runner-up to Pizza Bianca (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Behind her in fourth that day was Cachet (Ire) (Aclaim {Ire}), who booked her own passage to the Guineas when winning Tuesday's G3 Nell Gwyn S. at Newmarket. 

Graffard said of Malavath, “We were very impressed with her comeback, she did it nicely and everything is fine with her. She is better on better ground but she has just shown that she's a very good filly.

“At the moment we are leaning towards the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, there are some trials in England, Ireland and France again this week so we will decide after that, but that is the main option.”

The trainer also confirmed that last year's G1 Champion S. winner Sealiway (Fr) (Galiway {GB}) will run next in the G1 Prix Ganay after finishing second in the G2 Prix d'Harcourt at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

“I was very pleased with him, he will come on a lot for that,” said Graffard.

Another of his stable stalwarts, The Revenant (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), has options to run in the G1 Prix d'Ispahan or G1 Lockinge S., having already posted two victories this season. 

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