Signora Cabello seeking Cheveley Park reversal with Pretty Pollyanna

Old rivals meet again in Newmarket Group One

  • Monday 24 September
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John Quinn has high hopes Signora Cabello can gain her revenge on Pretty Pollyanna in Saturday’s Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.

A 25-1 winner of the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot in June, Signora Cabello beat all bar Michael Bell’s 1000 Guineas favourite in the Prix Morny at Deauville last time out.

Prior to that, Quinn’s filly had won the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte to supplement her Ascot gains.

“It was a fantastic run and a wonderful sight to see those two fillies duelling and pulling clear of the best that was put in front of them,” said Quinn of the Morny run.

“They put a lot of daylight back to the third and the winner was just better on the day.

“Saturday is a different day and on a different track. I’m very happy with our filly.”

Quinn went on: “It was a tough race in the Morny, but the timing has been good. Her recent work has been good, so I’m expecting a big run from her.

“She’s the best filly I’ve ever trained, she’s a very, very good two-year-old. She’s the second highest rated two-year-old in Europe so that speaks for itself.

“I’m expecting a very good run. I would love her to win but she’s in good shape and I’m sure she’ll run well.”

Bell is full of admiration for Signora Cabello and knows it will not be a walk in the park.

“The Cheveley Park Stakes is ‘D Day’ for Pretty Pollyanna and it looks a strong race, Signora Cabello merits a lot of respect,” said Bell.

“She has been very straightforward to deal with from the word go and has danced every dance that we wanted her to since she made her debut.

“She had slightly immature knees in the spring, which is perfectly normal at that stage, so we had to back off her for a month and it was a bit of a rush to get her to Royal Ascot, but we have had no problems since then.”

Two fillies were added to the field at Monday’s confirmation stage with The Mackem Bullet and Queen Of Bermuda both supplemented.

The Mackem Bullet was agonisingly touched off in the Lowther by Fairyland and new owner Katsumi Yoshida has paid £20,000 to add her to the field, as have Queen Of Bermuda’s owners, Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing, after her win at Ayr on Saturday.

Aidan O’Brien has left in York victor Fairyland, Coral Beach, Gossamer Wings, Just Wonderful and So Perfect.

Adding to the strong Irish challenge is Sheila Lavery’s Lady Kaya, who finished a fine second to Skitter Scatter in the Moyglare Stud Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend, and Jessica Harrington’s Servalan.

Angel’s Hideaway, Main Edition, Comedy, Come On Leicester and No Way Jose complete the list.

Signora Cabello seeking Cheveley Park reversal with Pretty Pollyanna
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