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A gem at the end of the Flat season, the Dubai Future Champions Festival delivers nine Group races over two days at Newmarket. The highlight of the opening day on Friday October 8 is the Fillies’ Mile – a Group 1 contest over, you guessed it, one mile that should provide some clues ahead of next year’s 1000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks.
We’ve put together the ultimate runner-by-runner guide so you’re in the know before they go to post at 3.35pm…
Trainer: John & Thady Gosden Jockey: Robert Havlin
Dark Angel filly who confirmed debut promise when winning a decent Ascot novice in good style. Open to further improvement but yard has much stronger claims with Inspiral.
Trainer: George Boughey Jockey: James Doyle
Landed a 6f novice here on debut. Highly tried after at up to 1m and finally advanced her form when second in Rockfel Stakes here (7f) 2 weeks ago, albeit in a race run to show her to advantage.
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Ryan Moore
Dubawi filly out of Oaks winner Was. Improved to resume winning ways in Group 3 at the Curragh 12 days ago, staying on strongly and well on top at line. Step up to 1m will suit and not taken lightly.
Trainer: John & Thady Gosden Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Faultless start to her career, making it 3 from 3 in the May Hill at Doncaster last month, once again putting plenty of distance between herself and her rivals in the final 1f. Potentially very smart.
Trainer: Mrs J. Harrington Jockey: Shane Foley
Improved a chunk to comprehensively reverse her debut form with the winner when taking Group 3 at the Curragh 6 weeks ago. That form has taken a couple of knocks but she remains open to improvement.
Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: David Probert
Frankel filly who proved a length too strong for Wild Beauty when landing the Sweet Solera on the July Course. However, down the field in the Rockfel here since when favourite and bit to prove now.
Trainer: James Ferguson Jockey: Oisin Murphy
Siyouni filly who made a winning start in impressive fashion at Haydock and improved her form a chunk when following up in Group 3 at Goodwood, produced to lead final strides. Well worth a shot.
Trainer: Ralph Beckett Jockey: Rob Hornby
Useful filly but has finished behind Mise En Scene and Inspiral in Group events on her last 2 starts and there is no obvious reason why she should reverse that form.
Trainer: Charlie Appleby Jockey: William Buick
Brushed aside by Inspiral in listed race at Sandown but has progressed since, length second to Majestic Glory in Sweet Solera before proving far too good for 9 rivals in Canadian Grade 1. Respected.
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