Horse Racing: Sacred Bridge could be hard to beat in the Cheveley Park Stakes

Our racing boffins also believe the Joel Stakes is Benbatl next port of call.

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Sacred Bridge is a filly out of the top drawer

The Round Tower Stakes looked a competitive renewal beforehand, with no less than 10 previous winners in the race. However, it was taken apart by the very progressive SACRED BRIDGE. Back on a sounder surface, she produced easily her best effort to date to justify strong support in the market and complete a four-timer.

It was a very impressive display too, leading on the bridle less than two furlongs from home and readily quickening up when asked to settle her race. The Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket is reportedly her next target and, now the highest-rated two-year-old filly on Timeform ratings, she will take a lot of stopping.

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Sacred Bridge Cheveley Park Stakes (Antepost)

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Mise En Scene is well worth her place in the Fillies’ Mile

It was probably just an average renewal of the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday, but the winner, MISE EN SCENE, ran out a very worthy winner. She showed much improved form from her debut to maintain her unbeaten record, while still demonstrating signs of inexperience in much stronger company.

She was always handy and travelled well throughout, before being shaken up to challenge around two furlongs from home. Mise En Scene had some greenness under pressure, but she displayed an excellent attitude in the closing stages to overhaul the favourite Daneh in the final strides. She will stay at least a mile, and is well worth her place in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in October.

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Mise En Scene bet365 Fillies' Mile (Antepost)

Benbatl retains plenty of ability

The Celebration Mile was contested by smart performers who were all closely matched on Timeform weight-adjusted ratings, with the exception of BENBATL – who was 8lbs clear of his nearest rival. It was hard to gauge Benbatl’s wellbeing on his first run since being a beaten favourite in the Joel Stakes last September, but he ran as though he retained plenty of his ability at the age of seven – a slow start not helping his cause and forcing him to endure a wide trip as a result.

He travelled into the race like the best horse though, and he was produced to lead in the final furlong, keeping on well. However, he was just overhauled by Lavender’s Blue in the final strides. Benbatl holds a couple of entries on Champions Day at Ascot, but the Joel Stakes -which he won so impressively in 2019 – is probably next on his agenda and he is entitled to strip fitter for this outing.

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