Robert Cowell is hoping Elliptical is up to the test of going straight from a maiden race to a Group Three when she lines up in the Bathwick Tyres Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury on Thursday.
The lack of opportunities in between the two levels has forced Cowell’s hand in having to take a bigger step than he would have liked.
However, the Cheveley Park-owned filly showed plenty of promise when making a winning debut at Newmarket four weeks ago.
“She showed a good attitude at Newmarket. After showing signs of greenness and not knowing what to do until the final furlong she couldn’t have done it any better,” said Cowell.
“She’d been working nicely at home and we were hopeful she’d run well, so it was a nice surprise.
“There isn’t anything else we can go for in the programme book. There’s nothing whatsoever for a filly to take a small step between this and a Group or Listed race.
“Our hands are tied. It’s either that or take on the boys in a conditions race. Maybe the BHA should have a look at that.
“Rather than do a giant leap we’d have preferred to do a small step but we can’t. It’s the same for a few others in the race as well. We’ll see how she gets on.”
Perfect Angel got off the mark in a Goodwood maiden on her second start and the form of that race was boosted when the runner-up Promising was just beaten into second place by Kilmah in the Group Three Prestige Stakes at the Sussex track at the weekend.
Her trainer Andrew Balding is expecting a good run from the daughter of Dark Angel.
“The form of her race last time has worked out well. I was impressed with her that day, she has worked nicely and I’d hope she’d run well,” said Balding.
Simmie’s form was given a timely lift, albeit at a lower level when Merry Banter, whom she trounced by four lengths at Wolverhampton, was a ready winner at Ripon on Tuesday.
Trainer Sylvester Kirk said: “She’s too high in the handicap to be going for nurseries.
“This is at our local track and we’re hoping she can say maybe nick third place.
“She’s in great form. It’s a chance for some black type and hoping we get lucky.
“Her win last time gave her a boost and the second went and won a 15-runner nursery at Ripon on Tuesday. It’s franked the form, so it’s all good.
“She’s going to struggle but if a few don’t turn up on their A-game she’d have a chance. She’s in good form and we’ll have a go.”
Bahamadam won first time out at Windsor only for things to go wrong at Chelmsford.
She finished last of five when sent off favourite – though she was only beaten a length and three-quarters.
Trainer Eve Johnson Houghton said: “She’s a nice filly. Nothing went to plan last time she ran, but she didn’t have a hard race.
“We’re going on a hunt for some black type with her. She’s going to improve next year but this could be a good opportunity to pick up black type.
“The form of the race she won isn’t working out brilliantly, but she could only go and do what she did, so we’ll see.”