Daahyeh to put unbeaten record on line in Duchess of Cambridge

Mon 8 Jul 2019

Roger Varian reports Daahyeh to be in fine shape as he prepares his unbeaten filly for the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.

Roger Varian

Varian has been pleased with Daahyeh since her latest victory in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, and sees Friday’s Group Two as “the logical race”.

“The plan is to run in the Duchess Of Cambridge, and she will have a little work-out tomorrow morning,” said the Newmarket trainer.

“She looks great. You never make commitments in the immediate aftermath of Ascot, because you want to see how they come out of the races – especially the young horses – but she has really taken that race in her stride.

“She looks even better and stronger since the Albany. If we are happy with her I think this is the logical race to run her in – and I think she is in great form.”

Meanwhile, George Margarson is favouring the Tattersalls July Stakes at Newmarket from the several entries Ropey Guest holds this week.

The Newmarket trainer believes the son of Cable Bay deserves another chance at Group Two company on Thursday, after he belied his odds of 200-1 to finish sixth behind Arizona in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Ropey Guest is also in a seven-furlong maiden at Newmarket on Friday and has two options as well on Saturday, in the bet365 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket and a six-furlong Novice Median Auction race at York.

“I’m just going to assess everything,” said Margarson. “I’ve got him in a novice at York, but I’m probably keen to go to the July Stakes with him on the back of his run at Royal Ascot. He’s come out of it well.

“As he’s still a maiden, it would be nice to get a win out of him, but that’s the way it’s gone so far.”

Margarson senses significant improvement from Ropey Guest since his fine Royal Ascot run.

He said: “I’ve put him in the Superlative and I think he will be better when he goes over seven (furlongs), but he has sharpened up a lot for the Coventry.

“His work is more professional now. He’s come on again for Ascot, so there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be up to that level.

“If he misses the July Stakes he’ll probably go to York for the novice maiden.”

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