Sun Maiden to put rivals in shade at Newcastle
Sun Maiden can continue her progress with victory in the Betfair Casino Hoppings Fillies' Stakes at Newcastle.
A daughter of Frankel out of the dam who produced the brilliant Midday, it is fair to say Sun Maiden has plenty to live up to on breeding.
Sir Michael Stoute's inmate looked a potential star when winning a Salisbury novice event by 12 lengths on her first appearance of last season - and although she went on to be placed in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot and the Galtres Stakes at York, she never quite scaled the heights she promised.
However, her comeback third in the Middleton at York in May suggested she was a stronger filly this year - and she confirmed that impression when claiming the Nottinghamshire Oaks with something to spare on her latest outing.
That form looks watertight, with runner-up Shailene since impressing in Italy.
Provided Sun Maiden can translate her recent improvement to the all-weather, she should prove very hard to beat. For a double, take Foolaad, in the 6.35 at Newcastle.
CARTMEL: 1.50 Urban Legend, 2.20 Midnight Folie, 2.55 Ennistown, 3.30 Paddling, 4.00 Dee Star, 4.35 Oceanus, 5.10 Our Kylie.
CHESTER: 5.50 Plumette, 6.20 King's Caper, 6.55 Geetanjali, 7.30 Call Out Loud, 8.05 That Is The Spirit, 8.40 Conundrum.
CURRAGH: 3.15 Meaningful Vote, 3.45 Latrobe, 4.15 Albigna, 4.50 Innamorare, 5.25 Iridessa, 5.55 Ice Cold In Alex, 6.25 Divine Approach.
DONCASTER: 2.10 Star Shield, 2.45 Sabaaya, 3.20 Thunderous, 3.50 Fox Leicester, 4.25 Merry Vale, 5.00 Great Bear, 5.35 Tizwotitiz.
NEWCASTLE: 5.30 Elamirr, 6.00 Lady Calcaria, 6.35 Foolaad, 7.05 SUN MAIDEN (NAP), 7.40 Archippos, 8.15 Turjomaan, 8.50 Kodicat.
NEWMARKET: 5.40 Scoffsman, 6.10 Claudia Jean, 6.45 Attainment, 7.20 Aktau, 7.55 Night Secret, 8.30 Fabulist, 9.00 Finniston Farm.
YARMOUTH: 2.00 Texting, 2.30 Otago, 3.05 Victoriano, 3.40 Swiss Peak, 4.10 Destination, 4.45 Motakhayyel, 5.20 Billie Beane.
DOUBLE: Foolaad and Sun Maiden.