December 18 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Great Yarmouth’s most valuable race of the year, the listed John Musker Fillies Stakes, has attracted a high-class field of 11 runners.
A prize fund worth around £40,000 has prompted top trainers to run their fillies over the 10-furlong trip in the course’s leading race of the season, at 3.10pm this afternoon.
Last year’s winner Semayyel, from veteran Newmarket trainer Clive Brittain’s yard, scored at 125/1 and the four-year-old will be an outsider again this time.
Likely favourite is Ribbons, under last year’s winning jockey Freddie Tylicki for trainer James Fanshawe. After winning her Kempton debut in November, Robbins has won this season at Goodwood twice and Newmarket.
Luca Cumani’s Hippy Hippy Shake under Kieren Fallon is a classy contender, having won a listed race at York before finishing second at Salisbury when beating another of today’s rivals Rock Choir. The William Haggas filly re-opposes under Andrea Atzeni, looking to add to wins at Goodwood and Newbury.
John Gosden runs Sandown winner Close At Hand under William Buick, although the filly was well beaten in the Goodwood race won by Ribbons, while Paul Hanagan partners Ed Dunlop’s Jabhaat, a Beverley winner.
Another interesting contender is David Simcock’s Miss You Too, the mount of Chris Catlin. Runner-up in the Oaks Trial at Lingfield, the filly has not been seen since the end of May when finishing sixth in the Epsom Oaks.
The John Musker is the highlight of the second seven-race card of the three-day Greene King Eastern Festival, but there are plenty of other competitive contests.
Eight are declared for the Golden Jubilee Trophy at 3.45pm with Fallon on Mark Johnston’s Mahican, seeking a hat-trick after wins at Hamilton, and at Chester at the weekend.
Tinghir, top weight Snow Trooper and Noble Gift all have chances as does the Hanagan ridden Altharoos from Sir Michael Stoute’s yard. The gelding won at Beverley earlier in the season and recently at Thirsk.
Only four go in the two-mile closing handicap at 5.25pm with grey filly Alwilda favourite under Catlin for Sir Mark Prescott. Course winner Kelvingrove under Tylicki for is the main danger.
Terry’s tips: 2.10pm Throne Room; 2.40pm Azenzar; 3.10pm Hippy Hippy Shake; 3.45pm Altharoos; 4.20pm Thouwra; 4.55pm Peace Seeker; 5.25pm Alwilda.