JUDY OUT TO PACK A PUNCH IN NEEDLER

Judy Out To Pack A Punch In Needler
Judy Out To Pack A Punch In Needler
Sporting Life

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Judy In Disguise bids to book her place at Royal Ascot when she lines up for the Hilary Needler Trophy at Beverley on Wednesday evening.

Unbeaten in two starts, the daughter of Elusive City has been bought by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners with a view to going for the Albany Stakes at the Royal meeting.

“It’s a warm race, but she’s entitled to be there,” said trainer Bill Turner.

“She’s been sold to American owners who want to run her in the Albany Stakes, but she’d have to win at Beverley to go there.

“The track will suit her, but she’s definitely a better filly with a bit of cut in the ground.”

Judy In Disguise has been allocated stall one, while Mayfield Girl is at the opposite side of the track in gate 13.

Her trainer Mel Brittain believes that has done her no favours, though he is still hopeful of a good run following her second place in a Listed contest at York on her latest start.

“She’s in fine form and has done well after York,” he said.

“The only problem is the terrible draw she’s got, so Robert (Winston) is going to do well from there.

“She’s got plenty of early toe, though, so hopefully he can get across if needs be.

“She’s a really nice filly – as good as Knavesmire when she was a two-year-old – and I’m hopeful she’ll be there or thereabouts.”

Dream Vale‘s connections are happy with the filly being berthed in stall two, and expect her to improve on her seventh place in the same York race.

Nick Bradley, owner Middleham Park Racing’s bloodstock manager, said: “It was a messy race at York and we thought Dream Vale would finish a bit further up than seventh.

“She’s got a good draw, though, and won very well at Catterick on her last start.

“We’d be hopeful of finishing second or third.”

Middleham are also represented by newcomer Our Diane, who has not fared so well in the draw stakes, being housed in stall 12.

“David O’Meara likes Our Diane a lot, but she’s drawn out in the car-park and will probably come on for the run,” said Bradley.

South Yorkshire trainer David Griffiths is giving Sylvia Pankhurst her biggest date so far, but feels she is going the right way.

“She’s come on for the Wolverhampton run and is still improving,” said the Bawtry handler.

“We might be punching above our weight a little bit, but there are not too many options for horses like that.

“The fast ground will suit her and she’ll get every yard of the trip.”

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