A mouthwatering clash between Siskin, Mums Tipple and Earthlight is on the cards in Saturday’s Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes as 13 juveniles remain in contention for the Newmarket feature.
The Ger Lyons-trained Siskin is already a Group 1 winner, having landed the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in August. Andre Fabre’s Earthlight is another Group 1 winner, having seen off Mark Johnston’s smart filly Raffle Prize to win the Prix Morny last time out.
Richard Hannon's Mums Tipple has 'only' won his maiden and a sales race at York but he scored by 11 lengths in the latter race and is widely regarded as a Group 1 winner in-waiting. Hannon has also left in his Gimcrack and Champagne Stakes winner Threat.
Aidan O’Brien is set to be in the unusual situation of not saddling one of the first three favourites for a juvenile Group 1, but he could still be well represented.
Monarch Of Egypt could tackle Siskin again having chased him home the last twice while King Neptune, Lope Y Fernandez and Pistoletto could also represent Ballydoyle.
Clive Cox’s Golden Horde, who beat Threat at Goodwood and then ran well behind Earthlight in the Morny, is another with realistic claims.
Dubai Station, Prince Of Naples, Spartan Fighter and Summer Sands complete the 13.
CHEVELEY PARK ENTRIES
Ger Lyons has opted to supplement Nurse Barbara for the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes on the same card.
The daughter of Kodiac has been given the chance to go for Group 1 glory by the Co Meath handler after being caught in the dying strides by Blissful in a listed contest over seven furlongs at Leopardstown earlier this month.
Nurse Barbara could well renew rivalry with Blissful, who is one of four possibles from Aidan O’Brien’s stable along with Etoile, Precious Moments and Tango.
The three other Irish-trained fillies in a list of 15 for the six-furlong Group 1 are Ken Condon’s Celtic Beauty, Sheila Lavery’s Lil Grey and Millisle from Jessica Harrington’s yard.
A strong home defence is led by the Mark Johnston-trained Raffle Prize, who was only beaten a neck by Earthlight in the Prix Morny after beating Daahyeh in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.
Roger Varian’s charge, who was runner-up to the O’Brien-trained Love in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh earlier this month, is also in the mix.
Ed Walker intends to run Nina Bailarina, who was second at Deauville when stepped up to Group 3 company.
“I confirmed her for the Cheveley Park and that’s the plan,” said the Upper Lambourn handler. “She ran great in France and I think she will come forward again.”
The sole French-trained filly in the list is Andre Fabre’s Tropbeau, winner of her last three races including two at group level.
Karl Burke’s Lowther Stakes heroine Living In The Past, Richard Hannon’s Dick Poole Stakes scorer Dark Lady and the Richard Fahey-trained Moon Of Love were the other fillies’ standing their ground at the five-day confirmation stage.