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Arabian Queen can spring surprise and rule over So Mi Dar

By Anita Chambers

Published 13/09/2016

Arabian Queen can cause an upset by lifting the EBF Stallions John Musker Fillies' Stakes at Yarmouth tomorrow
Arabian Queen can cause an upset by lifting the EBF Stallions John Musker Fillies' Stakes at Yarmouth tomorrow

Arabian Queen has already created one surprise in her career and can cause another upset by lifting the EBF Stallions John Musker Fillies' Stakes at Yarmouth tomorrow.

David Elsworth's charge defied her 50-1 price tag when inflicting a famous defeat on Golden Horn in last year's Juddmonte International at York and while it will not be as big a shock if she can top one-time Oaks favourite So Mi Dar here, it will certainly be another feather in her cap.

Admittedly So Mi Dar - who we have not seen since the Musidora at York in May - has much more obvious claims as she arrives unbeaten in three starts while Arabian Queen has been defeated in both her outings this term.

Both fillies have been sidelined for a while now and despite Arabian Queen having that bit of Group One form in the book, So Mi Dar must concede 1lb to her, a factor which could become crucial in a tight finish.

Arabian Queen has not struck since her International win but she plied her trade at the highest level at the end of last term and there was plenty to like about her initial second behind Usherette at Newmarket back in May.

Her stamina did not appear to last home when well beaten by Postponed in the Coronation Cup on her most recent outing and she is reported to have suffered intermittent lameness since.

Obviously her issues are not ideal but she must have been showing more promise at home for Elsworth to bring her back for this 10-furlong heat and given she has 3lb in hand on So Mi Dar on the official figures and upwards of 10lb on the rest, it will be disappointing if she cannot throw down a decent challenge in this Listed heat.

Al Neksh, meanwhile, should win the Parklands Leisure Holiday Distributors Handicap.

BEVERLEY: 1.50 Bismarck The Flyer, 2.25 Moll Anthony, 3.00 Getgo, 3.30 Four On Eight, 4.05 Dance Alone, 4.40 Astrophysics, 5.10 Sword Exceed, 5.40 Euro Mac.

KELSO: 4.15 Grexit, 4.50 Amilliontimes, 5.25 See The Legend, 6.00 Owen Na View, 6.30 Mardale, 7.00 Temple Man.

LISTOWEL: 1.55 Fair Game, 2.30 Coherent, 3.05 Colour Blue, 3.35 Snoozing Indian, 4.10 Gas Line Boy, 4.45 Penhill, 5.20 Electric Concorde, 5.50 Trans Highway.

SANDOWN: 2.05 Point Of Woods, 2.40 Hamada, 3.15 Zefferino, 3.50 Mustashry, 4.25 Qamarain, 5.00 Acrux, 5.30 Pina.

YARMOUTH: 2.15 Highland Cradle, 2.50 Sakhee's Jem, 3.25 ARABIAN QUEEN (NAP), 4.10 Al Neksh, 4.35 Fastnet Tempest, 5.05 Bashiba, 5.35 Highly Sprung.

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