Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Mez a must for Godolphin

Godolphin are really finishing the season with a flourish and look booked for more glory in the EBF/Harman Bros Plastering Contractors Maiden Fillies’ Stakes with Mezenah at Yarmouth.

The boys in blue have struck form with a vengeance in the last few weeks and Saeed bin Suroor has a 30% strike rate in October, which is quite astonishing when you think how competitive some of the maidens are at this time of year.

And not content with the flurry of winners in this country, Sheikh Mohammed’s operation also notched up their first ever Grade One win in Australia when All The Good won the ultra-competitive Cox Plate.

A victory at the seaside venue might not set any landmarks but the Cape Cross filly made a lovely introduction when just losing out to a nice newcomer from Sir Michael Stoute’s yard.

The was over seven furlongs at Leicester but as she is related to Lammtarra the extra furlong should be right up her street.

In the second division John Gosden’s Mayaalah seems to be improving with racing and should not be far away.

Fifth at Kempton on debut she returned to the Sunbury track to finish third having raced wide most of the way.

She should know plenty more this time and looks the one to be on.

At Lingfield Marcus Tregoning’s Test Match is a very interesting runner in the second division of the Forest Row Maiden Auction Stakes.

Not without her supporters on debut, the money was left in the bookies satchels as he could only finish fifth.

However, the was quite a decent little event and he was only three and a bit lengths from the winner, Godolphin’s Musleh.

Tregoning’s usually come on a great deal for the experience adn should strip a lot fitter.

Meanwhile, tomorrow’s meeting at Roscommon has been cancelled due to a waterlogged track.

A total of 15 millimetres of rain overnight on already heavy ground prompted officials to check conditions at the venue.

However, with further rain forecast, they were forced to abandon.

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