Termagant goes to Irish Guineas
Kevin Prendergast's Termagant will set off on the Classic trail in the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 23 before a trip to Epsom.
The Powerscourt filly was unbeaten in two starts as a juvenile, securing a Group One prize in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in August.
Connections decided to bypass this weekend's Guineas at Newmarket after a hard winter, but Prendergast still hopes she could turn into a real Classic contender.
"Termagant definitely has the Investec Oaks on her agenda," said Prendergast. "All being well, she will run in the Irish 1000 Guineas and then go to Epsom.
"She is just starting to come right now; we wanted to run her in the English 1000 Guineas but she didn't come to hand in time. She did nothing wrong last year and all she has to do is repeat and improve on it and she could be thereabouts."
Michael Bell is ready to let dual Oaks winner Sariska make her reappearance in tomorrow's StanJames.com Dahlia Stakes -- provided conditions at Newmarket are suitable.
Having tasted Classic glory at both Epsom and the Curragh, the Pivotal filly signed off her 2009 campaign with a fine third place against the colts in the Champion Stakes.
The possibility of rain has prompted Bell to declare his stable star for tomorrow's Group Three prize, although her participation remains uncertain.
"There are conflicting forecasts and if one of the forecasts I've heard is correct she'll run, and if it isn't she won't," said Bell. "We've declared her and that's the trouble with 48-hour declarations, particularly with these unpredictable showers. If it's genuine good ground she'll almost certainly run."
Michael Stoute's Hymnsheet will put her Classic credentials on the line in the Weatherbys Bank Cheshire Oaks at Chester on Wednesday. The Cheveley Park Stud-owned filly made a winning introduction over a mile at Yarmouth in October but is ready to step up in trip as connections consider a tilt at the Investec Oaks in June.
Cheveley Park's managing director Chris Richardson said: "Hymnsheet is in the Oaks but the season is just beginning and it is too early to say at this stage whether she will get to Epsom.
Prompter will take the next step up the ladder in Friday's Addleshaw Goddard Dee Stakes at Chester.
The Michael Bell-trained colt has won one of his five career outings to date, with that victory coming in a maiden event at the Roodee last August.
"He goes to Chester for the Dee Stakes. He ran very well in the Derby Trial; he was very fresh that day though and will be better for it next time," said Harry Herbert, racing manager for the RARC.
"The Dante was mentioned but we decided to go to Chester as it's a track he has won round before.
"We will see what the ground is like nearer the time, but he really needs good or slightly easier to be seen at his best. Now that we've got that bit of freshness out of him, Hayley should be able to ride a more confident race and we will see where we are at Chester."
Harbinger is set to bid for a Group Three double in the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes at Chester.
The four-year-old is entered in the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom but Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, is focusing on a slightly easier task at Chester on Friday first.
"He's in good form. (Trainer) Michael said he worked well on Wednesday and he is on course for Chester now," Herbert said.
"We will see how we go next week and all being well, we can start looking towards Royal Ascot."