Cheveley Park Stakes: Lumiere To Light Up Newmarket
The Cheveley Park Stakes is a 6-furlong group-1 race for 2-year-old fillies, and it is run over the July course at Newmarket (Saturday 2.35). No trainer or jockey has dominated the race in recent years, and though French trained horse have won 4 of the last 8 renewals they aren’t represented this year.
There are 8 runners set to go to post for this renewal – and here’s our analysis.
Alice Springs 11/2
Lone Aidan O’Brien trained representative who has Ryan Moore in the saddle for the first time. All 4 runs have been over 7-furlongs so far, but the way she was staying on in those races doesn’t scream out that she wants to drop down a furlong.
Bear Cheek 12/1
All 3 runs over 5 furlongs but, whilst she could well improve for this extra furlong, she has plenty to find on her run behind Gutaifan when losing her unbeaten record.
Ran creditably at Royal Ascot and the July meeting here where she probably found the ground a little fast on both occasions. Best 2 runs on her last 2 starts came with more cut in the ground than she’ll get here, but impossible to rule out for trainer who won the race in 2012.
Unbeaten after 3 runs including Royal Ascot victory and a defeat of Besharah here, but the poor form of her stable is a worry.
Seriously talked-up after her debut victory here, but drifted before the Lowther at York where she was beaten by Besharah. The softish ground was a definite excuse there, as was her stable form at the time, and definitely worth another chance with lots of potential for improvement after just 2 runs.
Rebel Surge 100/1
Rated 30lb below Besharah and outclassed on all known form.
Shadow Hunter 50/1
First-time hood will have to improve her at least a stone if the principals run to form, and both are unlikely.
Well-backed Windsor winner on her debut, but that form leaves her with a lot to find, though not beyond possibility.
Illuminate strictly has the beating of her rivals on a line through Besharah but with the Hannon stable looking out of form, I’m happy to give Lumiere a chance to cement the impression of her stunning debut now she’s back on quicker ground.
Lumiere @ 7/2 (Various)