Horse Racing

Top-class fillies Meditate, Trillium, and Lezoo are still in competition for Saturday’s Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket after refusing to forfeit on Tuesday.

A field of 10 horses remains in contention for the Group 1, including Lowther Stakes winner Swingalong and Duchess of Cambridge winner Mawj.

With four victories in the last six years, Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O’Brien has a strong track record in this contest, and Meditate, the Moyglare Stud runner-up, might be the key to his effort. 
In this 6f race, the filly No Nay Never is the 2-1 favourite to give O’Brien, who won with Tenebrism last year, another victory.  C ourse and distance champion Lezoo also has strong claims after recovering from losing to Mawj by defeating Kinta in the Group 3 Keeneland Stakes at Ascot in July by winning by a length.
Lezoo’s trainer Ralph Beckett might potentially mount Juliet Sierra, while Queen Mary second Maylandsea is also a contender.
Paddy Twomey has joined Group 3 winner Treasure Trove, while Malrescia and Wave Machine round out the list. when winning the Group 3 Keeneland Stakes at Ascot in July, finishing a length ahead of Kinta.Lezoo’s trainer Ralph Beckett might potentially mount Juliet Sierra, while Queen Mary second Maylandsea is also a contender.  Paddy Twomey has joined Group 3 winner Treasure Trove, while Malrescia and Wave Machine round out the list.

Persian Force and Blackbeard are headed for Middle Park.

Who will compete in the Cheveley Park and Middle Park races at Newmarket on Saturday? A field of 10 horses remains in contention for the Group 1
Blackbeard (right) defeated Persian Force in the Prix Morny fight.

Ten horses are still in the running for the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes, including Gimcrack’s runner-up Marshman and star juvenile rivals Blackbeard and Persian Force.
Blackbeard from Ballydoyle and Persian Force, trained by Richard Hannon, competed in the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville last month, with O’Brien’s two-year-old winning by a half-length. Aesop’s Fables and The Antarctic, who placed third in France, might also be ridden by the trainer.
Mischief Magic, who has won three straight races, is the only representative for Charlie Appleby. The Godolphin-owned horse has improved gradually since placing third on his debut at Goodwood in May. His most recent victory came in the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes at Kempton.
Royal Scotsman, a Group 2 winner, is also entered, and Ismail Mohammed of Newmarket will be running Never Just A Dream and Once More For Luck. Zoology could be sent by James Ferguson.

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