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Busy Banimpire ready to fire

Jim Bolger dismissed the busy schedule of Banimpire being a concern ahead of the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot this afternoon.

The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor has already run six times this year and four successes suggest her trainer has been right to keep her on the go. She turns out again just four days after landing the Noblesse Stakes at Cork, but Bolger believes his charge thrives on racing.

"She's done very well and the thing with her is that the races have been coming at a time that suits her," Bolger told At The Races.

"She's a big, burly filly and it is extremely difficult to keep the weight off her because she doesn't do much at home. So as long as we can get a sequence with her, we'll chase it. We were very happy with her run in the (1,000) Guineas over a trip that was a little bit short for her."

Banimpire's jockey, Kevin Manning, added: "She's improved with all her runs and she's very straightforward. You can ride her any way you want."

Michael Bell is anticipating a bold show from Creme Anglaise. The daughter of Bell's Derby hero Motivator impressed when winning her maiden at the track at the start of the month.

Her trainer said: "She's been in good form at home and we've targeted the race since she won her maiden. It's obviously a massive step up in class for her, but we're hoping for a good run. She's stepping up to a mile and a half from 10 furlongs, but that will definitely suit her - she's by my favourite stallion!"

Dorcas Lane impressed when winning Newmarket's Pretty Polly Stakes and her trainer Lucy Wadham is one of those hoping the rain stays away.

"We're very happy with her and she looked like she was staying on at the end of the Pretty Polly. She was going away at the line. We think she'll stay and we hope she's got a good each-way shout, but I'd be a little bit anxious if it absolutely chucked it down with rain," said Wadham.

"We wouldn't want soft ground. I think it would be perfect if is stayed as it is now. Her form has worked out well. She was very green on her first three runs, but she really got her act together last time. It's very exciting and we're keeping everything crossed. We'll give it our best shot."


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