Billesdon Brook back at Newmarket for seasonal bow

Last year’s 1000 Guineas winner tackles the Dahlia Stakes

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Billesdon Brook returns to the scene of her shock 1000 Guineas triumph of a year ago in the Charm Spirit Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket on Sunday.

Richard Hannon’s filly was a 66-1 winner of the first fillies’ Classic of last season and went on to run with credit in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood and the Sun Chariot back at Newmarket.

She is back at the Rowley Mile for her seasonal reappearance in this nine-furlong Group Two and heads a quality field of six runners.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Veracious met Billesdon Brook on a few occasions last season – finishing one place ahead of the Hannon runner when third in both the Coronation Stakes and the Nassau, but one place behind when sixth in the Sun Chariot.

The daughter of Frankel renews rivalry in the colours of Cheveley Park Stud.

Worth Waiting enjoyed an excellent 2018 campaign for David Lanigan – completing a four-timer as she progressed from a Redcar maiden victory to success in a Group Three in France.

She rounded off her season by finishing fourth in the Prix Vermeille at ParisLongchamp and Lanigan hopes there will be more to come from his stable star as a four-year-old.

Lanigan said: “It will be nice to get her back on the track and this looks a good starting point for her.

“I think she’s strengthened up well during the winter. This is her first run and I’m sure she’ll improve.

“The ground will suit and she’s had a nice, clean run up to it, so fingers crossed she’ll run well.

“We’ll make a plan after Sunday.”

The Roger Varian-trained pair of Rasima and Shenanigans and Nyaleti from Mark Johnston’s yard complete the line-up.

The Tweenhills Pretty Polly Stakes has an illustrious roll of honour, with Ralph Beckett’s Talent (2013) and the John Gosden-trained Taghrooda (2014) using this race as a springboard to winning the Investec Oaks at Epsom.

Lah Ti Dar provided Gosden with a fourth victory in the last five years when striking gold 12 months ago and this season the Clarehaven maestro relies on Shambolic – the mount of Frankie Dettori.

Charlie Hills is looking forward to saddling Clematis – who looked an exciting prospect when making a winning debut at Kempton in November.

Hills said: “This is a race that was mentioned during the winter and we should learn a lot more about her.

“I think she’s a nice filly and we need to learn about trip. It would be great to think she can get 10 furlongs, but we’ll see.

“We’re looking forward to running her.”

Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore team up with Mona Lisa’s Smile, while William Haggas runs course scorer Maqsad.

I’ll Have Another (Johnston), Lady Adelaide (Roger Charlton) and Shagalla (Varian) are the other hopefuls.

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