David Evans is getting the right signs from Good Vibes as the talented two-year-old bids for Group Three honours in the Shadwell Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury in Thursday.
The Abergavenny trainer just hopes everything goes right for the daughter of Due Diligence, after her last two starts did not quite go to plan.
Rain scuppered her chance at Newbury, where she could never get in a blow in the St Hugh’s Stakes over the minimum trip, so Evans turned her out again just a few days later at York.
Good Vibes, a Listed winner on the Knavesmire in May, did not let him down – finishing third to Living In The Past in the Group Two Lowther Stakes over six furlongs, despite being tight for room at a crucial stage.
“She ran very well at York considering she went to Newbury a few days before on softish ground,” said Evans.
“She had no joy at Newbury which is why I ran her again quick.
“She probably would have have been closer at York if she hadn’t been a little bit held up in her run.
“She seems in good order and she’s second top-rated in the race, so we have to take our chance.”
Good Vibes was a neck and one place ahead of Summer Romance when fifth in the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot in July.
The latter was sent off the 4-5 favourite that day and her trainer Charlie Appleby blamed the ground for that disappointing effort that cost her 100 per cent record.
Summer Romance had looked an exciting prospect in her two earlier starts, most notably when winning the Listed Empress Stakes at Newmarket.
“We were happy to put a line through Summer Romance’s run at Ascot due to the ground and the way the race worked out,” Appleby told www.godolphin.com.
“She came out of that race well and has had a nice little break in the meantime.
“A repeat performance of her win in the Empress Stakes should put her bang there.”
Tom Dascombe is trusting stable jockey Richard Kingscote’s gut feeling Dr Simpson will be suited by the step up to six furlongs.
Dascombe has seen her as a five-furlong performer, so all the Dandy Man filly’s five races so far have come over that distance.
However, Kingscote is adamant Dr Simpson will stay and has persuaded the Cheshire handler to give it a go.
“Richard and I have had a little discussion about this,” said Dascombe.
“I always thought she was an out-and-out five-furlong horse, but he’s absolutely convinced six is her trip so we’re going to give it a bash and see. I hope he’s right.
“She’s a very straightforward filly who has run well in a couple of Listed races. Obviously we’re trying to get a bit of Group form into her.
“I hope she’s got a chance of finishing in the first three or four.”
Jessica Harrington believes Millisle will relish the step up in trip, especially after her last-gasp success over five furlongs at the Curragh on her latest start.
The Starspangledbanner filly came with a late rattle to storm past Isabeau close home and grab Listed honours by half a length.
“She’s a nice filly. She did it well the last day in the Curragh,” said Harrington.
“She needs the six furlongs, she’s won twice over five. I’m hopeful.”
William Muir feels Final Option is ready to take on Pattern company thanks to an emphatic victory on her debut at Ripon.
The daughter of Lethal Force overcame trouble in running to win by four and a half lengths and her trainer reports she has learnt plenty from the experience.
“She always showed us a lot, but she’s definitely improved for everything that goes with that first run,” said Lambourn handler.
“We’re hoping she’s ready for the step up. We don’t know what handicap mark we would get – there’s quite a few rated quite high, but these races are never easy so if you want to, you have a go.”
Richard Hannon saddles Group Three runner-up Dark Lady and Listed second Kemble in an 11-strong field completed by Dear Power, Jouska, She Can Dance and So Sharp.