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Belle excites Qatar team

Beach Belle makes her debut in the Qatar Racing silks when she takes her chance in a top-notch renewal of the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

Sheikh Fahad Al Thani's operation snapped up a half-share in the Invincible Spirit filly, who was formerly owned solely by Lady O'Reilly.

The exciting Kevin Prendergast-trained youngster has won both her starts this term, landing the opening juvenile maiden of the year back in March before following up with a Listed success at Naas in June.

Qatar Racing's David Redvers reports this race to have been in Prendergast's sights for quite some time now.

He said: "A mixture of form and homework would lead us to think she's one of the major players this year - that's the reason we have invested in her. She's a gorgeous filly with a gorgeous pedigree and she has got plenty of speed.

"This has always been Kevin's target for her and he's always said he is not concerned by what else runs in the race, so let's hope he is right."

Qatar Racing also have an admirable type in Capella Sansevero, who will be aiming to bounce back from a disappointing effort in the Railway Stakes.

He was only fifth that day, but trainer Ger Lyons subsequently admitted he made a mistake in running him again so soon after claiming second behind The Wow Signal in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

"He just bounced - he came back too quickly. Ger was kicking himself afterwards, but these things happen sometimes," Redvers said.

"His Ascot run is probably some of the smartest two-year-old form seen this year. Ger is sure he deserves his place in this race, so hopefully we will see the horse that ran at Ascot this time rather than the horse that ran at the Curragh.

"He is versatile, so the ground would not be a worry."


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