Connections of Angel’s Hideaway are hoping the filly will put up a big performance in the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes at York on Thursday to earn her place in next month’s Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes.
The daughter of Dark Angel carries the colours of Cheveley Park Stud and has already shown a high level of form that has taken her to the brink of booking her ticket for the six-furlong Group One at Newmarket on September 29.
After winning a Haydock maiden on her second start, the John Gosden-trained filly was a creditable fourth to Main Edition in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and was then runner-up to subsequent Prix Morny scorer Pretty Pollyanna in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.
Angel’s Hideaway hung right badly that day, causing interference that resulted in a suspension for her rider, Frankie Dettori.
She drifted to the right in her latest race at Ascot, but not as much and it did not stop her landing the spoils in the Group Three Princess Margaret Stakes by a cosy two-and-a-half lengths from Royal Intervention.
“It was very nice to see the form boosted in France, so we’ll see how we get on at York,” said Chris Richardson, managing director of owners Cheveley Park Stud.
“She’s quite a character and she’s used to dumping her lad quite regularly on the gallops. She’s a sparky filly but truly talented.
“We can only go step by step, but she’s very done little wrong. I knew there was some movement on both her last starts, but hopefully that’s the filly I’m afraid.
“Obviously, the Cheveley Park would be her next target, all being well.”
The Mackem Bullet belied her odds of 20-1 when third to Angel’s Hideaway at Ascot and trainer Brian Ellison is expecting another good effort from her.
However, he feels six furlongs might be on the short side for her now and will be running her over further shortly.
“She’s a nice filly but she’ll be better again when she steps up in trip, although this is a big pot,” said Ellison.
“She’s come out of the Ascot race fine.”
Little Kim tries six furlongs for the first time after winning two of her four career starts so far over the minimum trip.
Trainer Karl Burke is hoping it will eke out further improvement in the daughter of Garswood after she got going too late when beaten four lengths in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury last month.
“It looks like time to step her up to six furlongs now. It looked that way when she won in France and she did all her best work late and Newbury confirmed it,” he said.
“She’s got to step up again but we’d be hoping the extra furlong will bring out a bit more in her. We’re hoping she’ll run well.”
Flawless Jewel produced one of the biggest winning margins of this season as she opened her account by 16 lengths at Pontefract following a promising debut on this course.
Though she is being thrown in at the deep end, her trainer Richard Fahey feels it is worth dipping her toe in.
“Obviously it’s a big step up for her. It will be interesting to see how she gets on,” said the Musley Bank handler.
“She’s a work in progress, so we’re giving it a punt.”
The sole Irish challenger is the Aidan O’Brien-trained Fairyland, who was a length and a quarter ahead of Angel’s Hideaway when third in the Albany.