Always Smile Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Always Smile
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Saeed bin Suroor believes Always Smile can put her tenacious attitude to good use by striking in the L’Ormarins Queens Plate Stakes at Goodwood on Friday.

Although the four-year-old has some solid form figures next to her name the daughter of Cape Cross is yet to hit the target on her two previous starts in Pattern-race company.

Having finished an admirable third in the Falmouth Stakes, the Newmarket handler is hoping she can prove a cut above her rivals dropped back to Group Three level.

Bin Suroor said: “She is tough filly that always tries hard. She ran a really good race at Newmarket in the Group One.

“I feel she is doing really well at home and she is in good form. Although it is a Group Three there are some nice fillies in the race.

“She is small, but has a big heart. She came out of Newmarket really well and I am looking forward to another good run.”

Connections of Marenko are keeping their fingers crossed rain arrives at the Sussex track to help enhance her chances of victory in the contest better known as the Oak Tree Stakes.

Having finished down the field in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot the three-year-old had previously shown her credentials with victory in the rearranged Fred Darling Stakes at Chelmsford.

Chris Richardson, racing manager to owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: “This was the plan after Ascot.

“It was probably a too big an ask last time and she probably had her Guineas success when winning the Fred Darling, which at the time we were delighted she won.

“We didn’t put her in the Guineas as at the time we thought she might not be good enough, but we got tempted by Royal Ascot.

“She is now back in Group Three company which is a more realistic level. If they get a drop of rain, which is forecast, that would help her.”

James Tate is hoping Namhroodah can make amends for her demotion from first to third in a Listed contest at Ascot last week over a trip which he feels is ideal for her.

The Newmarket handler said: “Obviously she has shown an improvement in form since being dropped back down to seven furlongs and a mile.

“She is uncomplicated and you can do whatever you want with her. We will just go forward and see how the race goes.

“She seems in good form since Ascot and if she improves again she should be up there. We will give it a good go.”

Charlie Appleby expects conditions to suit Mise En Rose down to the ground having claimed an impressive victory in a handicap at Newmarket.

He said: “After running at Ascot she returned to quicker ground at Newmarket and I thought that was probably a career-best performance.

“She’s gone up in the handicap and we thought she deserved to take her place in a race like this to see if we can pick up a bit of black type.

“It looks like it will be quick ground and seven furlongs is right up her street, so she has conditions to suit.

“We know she’s got to improve again, but she’s a very capable filly and hopefully she can.”

Having proved herself in Listed company at Carlisle, the Mick Channon-trained Opal Tiara is another in the field that is bidding to take the next step up the ladder.

Michael Channon junior said: “She has thrived for her racing and at Carlisle she proved that day that she looks like a black-type performer.

“Red Box has backed that form and we go there with a certain amount of confidence. The great thing is she seems to be improving physically and I can’t see her running a bad race.”