Meditate focussed on Group One glory in Cheveley Park

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Only blemish on O’Brien filly’s record is Moyglare reverse.

Meditate gets a second bite of the cherry at Group One level in the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

The daughter of No Nay Never won each of her first four starts for Aidan O’Brien, including the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Debutante at the Curragh.

She suffered the first defeat of her career when no match for Tahiyra in the Moyglare Stud Stakes – although she did little wrong in defeat – and turns out just under a fortnight later on the Rowley Mile.

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Tahiyra (right) was too good for Meditate at the Curragh (Donall Farmer/PA)

O’Brien, who claimed a fourth Cheveley Park win in the last six years with Tenebrism 12 months ago, said: “She seems to be in very good form.

“She came out of the Moyglare really well. She ran a good race there, but obviously we haven’t done much with her since. We hope she runs well.”

While Meditate is dropping back in distance, the Richard Hannon-trained Trillium steps back up after narrowly outpointing The Platinum Queen in the five-furlong Flying Childers at Doncaster, with the pair well clear of the rest.

Trillium (left) just got the better of The Platinum Queen at Doncaster
Trillium (left) just got the better of The Platinum Queen at Doncaster (Tim Goode/PA)

Hannon said: “I trained her dam Marsh Hawk, she was a good filly and was fast and the stallion (No Nay Never) has had a great year. She has it all going for her and she is on the way up.

“I won the Cheveley Park with Tiggy Wiggy in 2014. She had a lot of speed, but this filly has a lot of scope. Tiggy Wiggy had her races won at halfway and this filly is only getting going a furlong out.

“It is only two weeks after her last run, but I’m very hopeful that she will be best in the race.”

Swingalong surprised her Lowther rivals at York
Swingalong surprised her Lowther rivals at York (Mike Egerton/PA)

Swingalong earned her place with a 25-1 success in the Lowther at York last month.

While the Showcasing filly was very much trainer Karl Burke’s second string on the Knavesmire, with her stablemate and hot favourite Dramatised failing to see out the six furlongs in fifth, the Spigot Lodge handler does not believe there was any fluke about Swingalong’s victory.

He said: “It looks a very hot Cheveley Park to me, but I think she goes there with a good, fighting chance.

“It wasn’t a surprise to us to see her run well at York. Swingalong is a good filly in her own right and we’ll see how good she is on Saturday.”

Mawj represents Saeed bin Suroor at Newmarket
Mawj represents Saeed bin Suroor at Newmarket (Mike Egerton/PA)

Saeed bin Suroor’s Duchess of Cambridge winner Mawj was beaten three lengths into fourth place by Swingalong at York and takes her on once more.

“She worked well on Saturday, she’s in good form,” said Bin Suroor.

“She’s had a nice break because she was busy in the summer, you have to look after the fillies. She won at Newmarket and then went to York and we’ve just given her a break after that.

“I think she’s ready for this now, she has some very good form, very solid and she tries hard.”

Ralph Beckett has a strong hand with Lezoo, runner-up in the Duchess of Cambridge before winning the Princess Margaret at Ascot, joined by Dick Poole Stakes-winning stablemate Juliet Sierra.

The latter carries the colours of Juddmonte, whose racing manager Barry Mahon said: “She’s in good form and came out of Salisbury well. I think there’s a bit of rain coming in, but I don’t think it’s anything too major, so the ground should be good.

“Her time was very fast in Salisbury – I think it was the second fastest Dick Poole ever, which was encouraging to see.

“It’s a big step up, but we’ll give it a try. She had the option of going for the Rockfel, but we just felt she had a enough speed to stay at six furlongs for the time being.”

Treasure Trove (left) makes the trip for Paddy Twomey
Treasure Trove (left) makes the trip for Paddy Twomey (Donall Farmer/PA)

The supplemented Treasure Trove, winner of the Roses Stakes at York and Round Tower at the Curragh, also features in a competitive field.

Trainer Paddy Twomey said: “She’s tough, she’s been in good form this summer and progressed with racing, so we’re looking forward to running her in the Cheveley Park.

“She’s ran on soft and heavy ground before against good horses, but I think the ground should be perfect for her on Saturday. Good ground seemed to show her to good effect during August.

“The Cheveley Park is a very important race and we’re delighted to be taking part.”

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