French trainer Freddy Head has a high opinion of his unbeaten Group 3 winner, Alrahma, one of a massive 256-strong initial entry unveiled today for the four main juvenile events run at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse during the three-day Cambridgeshire meeting, Thursday, 22nd September to Saturday, 24th September.
The winner of both her career starts, including when overcoming a rushed preparation to land the Group 3 Prix de Cabourg at Deauville ten days ago, Alrahma is one of 47 entries for the £180,000 Connolly’s RED MILLS Cheveley Park Stakes, a six furlong fillies’ event run on Cambridgeshire Day, Saturday, 24th September.
Head revealed after the Cabourg that the daughter of Shamardal was still some way off her peak as she had only just had time to recover from a bout of coughing.
She is part of a strong overseas entry which also includes the Irish-trained Roly Poly, successful in the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket’s Adnams July Course on her latest start, and the American flying machine Lady Aurelia, runaway winner of the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Another Cambridgeshire Day highlight is the Group 1 £180,000 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes for two-year-old colts over six furlongs.
This has attracted 49 entries including the top rated juvenile of the season so far, the Group 2 Coventry Stakes hero, Caravaggio, who took his perfect record to four-from-four with a wide margin triumph in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at The Curragh on Sunday.
Caravaggio’s potential rivals are headed by his closest pursuer from the Coventry (and subsequent dual Group 2 winner), Mehmas, plus Tis Marvellous, himself already successful at Group 2 level having plundered the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte.
Aidan O’Brien, trainer of both Roly Poly and Caravaggio, dominates the entry for the third and final big Cambridgeshire Day two-year-old contest, the one mile £100,000 Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes. O’Brien has won this showpiece event on five occasions and is responsible for no less than 19 of its 85 entries.
The juvenile feature on Friday, 23rd September is the Group 2 £100,000 Shadwell Rockfel Stakes for fillies over seven furlongs. The Roger Charlton-trained Frankel progeny, Fair Eva, an impressive winner of the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot last month, stands out among the 75 entries here and is also engaged in the following day’s Connolly’s RED MILLS Cheveley Park Stakes.
Freddy Head, trainer of Alrahma, said:
“Alrahma has run twice and won twice and there is absolutely every chance that she will take part in the Connolly’s RED MILLS Cheveley Park Stakes.”
“I think that she is a very good filly and she is improving all the time. She was still not at the top of her game last time but every day she is getting better and better.”
“I cannot see why there would be any problem for her at Newmarket, the six furlongs and uphill finish should be fine. She is a very easy filly who can do anything.”
“Before then I am going to run her in the Prix Morny [at Deauville on 21st August] and I am not afraid of anybody there or in Newmarket.”
”Alrahma is smallish but she is powerful and very good in her mind. I trained her dam, Albaraah, who was not at all precocious but won a nine furlong Listed race at the end of her three year-old season.”
“Alrahma undoubtedly has much more speed than her mother so, although there is plenty of stamina in her pedigree, I am happy to keep her at six furlongs for the moment.”
The 47 initial entries for the Group 1 £180,000 Connolly’s RED MILLS Cheveley Park Stakes run over six furlongs at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday, 24th September, are as follows:
Al Johrah (GB), Alrahma (GB), Bahamadam (GB), Bean Feasa (GB), Bella Alissa (GB), Blitz (GB), Bouquet de Flores (USA), Brave Anna (USA), Dubai One (IRE), Eartha Kitt (GB), Easy Victory (GB), Endless Charm (GB), Fair Eva (GB), Fashion Queen (GB), Fixette (IRE), Grecian Light (IRE), Grizzel (IRE), Harba (IRE), Her Terms (GB), Holy Cat (IRE), Hope Solo (IRE), Kilmah (GB), Lady Aurelia (USA), Magical Fire (IRE), Magicinthemaking (USA), Mur Hiba (IRE), Nations Alexander (IRE), Nutcracker Suite (IRE), Pellucid (GB), Perfect Angel (IRE), Phalaborwa (GB), Pious Alexander (IRE), Promise To Be True (IRE), Promising (IRE), Puppetshow (IRE), Queen Kindly (GB), Rhododendron (IRE), Roly Poly (USA), Romantic View (GB), Seed Corn (GB), Spirited Charm (GB), Take A Deep Breath (GB), Tallulah Rose (GB), Velveteen (GB), Ventura Blues (IRE), Westit (GB), Yaraki (GB).
The 49 initial entries for the Group 1 £180,000 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes run over six furlongs at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday, 24th September, are as follows:
Akhlaaq (GB), Ardad (IRE), Barrington (IRE), Blue Point (IRE), Burrishoole Abbey (IRE), Caravaggio (USA), Comanche Moon (IRE), Courage Under Fire (USA), D’Bai (IRE), Dream of Dreams (IRE), Ernststavroblofeld (USA), Final Reckoning (IRE), Global Applause (GB), Grey Britain (GB), Intelligence Cross (USA), Kodiline (IRE), Koropick (IRE), Legendary Lunch (IRE), Leo Minor (USA), Leontes (GB), Ma Fee Heela (FR), Mazyoun (GB), Medici Banchiere (GB), Medicine Jack (GB), Mehmas (IRE), Mokarris (USA), Mubtasim (IRE), Nobly Born (GB), Parfait (IRE), Peace Envoy (FR), Pedestal (IRE), Pennsylvania (USA), Psychedelic Funk (GB), Rich And Famous (USA), Rivet (IRE), Salsabeel (IRE), Seven Heavens (GB), Silver Line (IRE), South Seas (IRE), Sportsmanship (USA), Sutter County (GB), The Last Lion (IRE), Timeless Flight (GB), Tis Marvellous (GB), Top Score (GB), Unabated (IRE), Waqaas (GB), Whitecliffsofdover (USA), Yalta (IRE).
The 85 initial entries for the Group 2 £100,000 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes run over a mile at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday, 24th September, are as follows:
Alwahsh (IRE), Apex King (IRE), Arcada (IRE), Bahamas (IRE), Basheer (GB), Bay of Poets (IRE), Bear Valley (IRE), Best of Days (GB), Black Trilby (IRE), Boynton (USA), Capri (IRE), Churchill (IRE), City Limits (GB), City of Joy (GB), Contrapposto (IRE), Contrast (IRE), Cunco (IRE), D’Bai (IRE), Deningy (GB), Diodorus (IRE), Douglas Macarthur (IRE), Dubai Hero (FR), Eminent (IRE), Eqtiraan (IRE), Escobar (IRE), Exemplar (IRE), Finn McCool (IRE), First Up (IRE), Frankuus (IRE), Fujaira Bridge (IRE), Galactic Prince (GB), Glencadam Glory (GB), Harbour Master (GB), Hold Sway (IRE), Hurricane Rush (IRE), Hydroxide (GB), Intern (IRE), Isomer (USA), Jackhammer (IRE), Kings Gift (IRE), Lancaster Bomber (USA), Larchmont Lad (IRE), Latin Beat (IRE), Lightly Squeeze (GB), Majeste (GB), Mandarin (GER), Meyrick (GB), Montataire (IRE), Monticello (IRE), Muhajjal (GB), Pennsylvania (USA), Pioneering (IRE), Pleaseletmewin (IRE), Plutonian (IRE), Rebel de Lope (GB), Roar (IRE), Ronald R (IRE), Rummani (GB), Samharry (GB), San Remo (IRE), Sea Fox (IRE), Seniority (GB), Sikandari (FR), Sir John Lavery (IRE), Sofia’s Rock (FR), Spanish Steps (IRE), Syphax (USA), Taamol (IRE), Taj Mahal (IRE), Tang Dynasty (IRE), Thaaqib (GB), The Anvil (IRE), Thunder Snow (IRE), Timeless Flight (GB), Total Star (GB), Ultimate Avenue (IRE), Utah (IRE), Van Der Decken (GB), Via Serendipity (GB), Walter Raleigh (IRE), War Decree (USA), Whitecliffsofdover (USA), Yucatan (IRE), Zefferino (GB), Zenon (IRE).
The 75 initial entries for the Group 2 £100,000 Shadwell Rockfel Stakes run over seven furlongs at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Friday, 23rd September, are as follows:
Alphabet (GB), Argenterie (GB), Asidious Alexander (IRE), Bahamadam (GB), Baileys Showgirl (FR), Bean Feasa (GB), Belle Meade (IRE), Berengaria (IRE), Blending (GB), Brave Anna (USA), Calare (IRE), Contentment (GB), Dabyah (IRE), Dancing Waves (IRE), Dilmun (USA), Dubai One (IRE), Dubara (GB), Elusive Beauty (IRE), Endless Charm (GB), Exmouth (GB), Fair Eva (GB), Fire Palace (GB), Gemina (IRE), Glitter Girl (GB), God Given (GB), Grecian Light (IRE), Harba (IRE), Hathfa (FR), Hellofahaste (GB), Hydrangea (IRE), Intricately (IRE), Isabel’s On It (GB), Kazimiera (GB), Kilmah (GB), Magical Fire (IRE), Marie of Lyon (GB), Miss Infinity (IRE), Miss Qatar (IRE), Mori (GB), Nathania (GB), Nations Alexander (IRE), Neshmeya (GB), Nutcracker Suite (IRE), On Her Toes (IRE), Perfect Madge (IRE), Phalaborwa (GB), Pocketfullofdreams (FR), Promise To Be True (IRE), Promising (IRE), Puppetshow (IRE), Raven’s Lady (GB), Rhododendron (IRE), Roly Poly (USA), Romantic View (GB), Rutherford (IRE), Sasini (GB), Shozita (GB), Sobetsu (GB), Spain Burg (FR), Spatial (GB), Spirited Charm (GB), Struck By The Moon (GB), Sweet Sounds (IRE), Texas Katie (GB), Tiburtina (IRE), Tropical Rock (GB), Urban Fox (GB), Velveteen (GB), Ventura Blues (IRE), Voice of Truth (IRE), Wayside Flower (GB), White Satin Dancer (GER), Wild Irish Rose (IRE), Winter (IRE), Wuheida (GB).