Middle Park showdown: Earthlight in the mix to face Siskin and Mums Tipple

Mon 16 Sep 2019
 Earthlight lands the Prix Morny in the blue silks of Godolphin Godolphin (Focusonracing)
Earthlight lands the Prix Morny in the blue silks of Godolphin Godolphin (Focusonracing)

Earthlight may be on course to run in a star-studded Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket this month.

Trainer Andre Fabre had been aiming the unbeaten Prix Morny winner at the Darley Dewhurst Stakes over seven furlongs in October – but with Charlie Appleby’s devastating National Stakes winner Pinatubo now likely to represent owners Godolphin in that, Earthlight’s target is set to switch.

As a result, a mouthwatering clash with the likes of Ger Lyon’s unbeaten Siskin and Richard Hannon’s flying machine Mums Tipple is on the cards on September 28.

“Of course, given that Pinatubo is now likely to head to the Dewhurst, we have had a rethink about Earthlight,” said Fabre.

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“I’m waiting for Sheikh Mohammed’s decision, but I’d have thought he would go for the Middle Park now.

“He’s already won a Group One over six furlongs in the Prix Morny, so we won’t be asking him to do anything different.

“The Middle Park does seem quite a good race this year, but there is no such thing as an easy Group One.”

Paddy Power make Mums Tipple 2-1 favourite, with Earthlight 5-2 and Siskin 5-1. Monarch Of Egypt (8-1) and Lope Y Fernandez (12-1) are next in the betting.

Meanwhile, Fabre is under no illusions about the task facing Waldgeist as he prepares to renew rivalry with the brilliant Enable in next month’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The pair have met three times to date, with Waldgeist finishing behind Enable in last year’s Arc, at the Breeders’ Cup and in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July.

John Gosden’s Enable is a red-hot favourite to become the first horse in history to win a third Arc at ParisLongchamp on October 6, a race Fabre has claimed on a record seven occasions, but not since Rail Link struck gold in 2006.

Waldgeist set himself up for another tilt at Europe’s premier middle-distance prize with a smooth success in the Prix Foy on Sunday, but he will face much sterner competition in just under three weeks’ time.

 Waldgeist landed the Prix Foy on Sunday (Focusonracing)
Waldgeist landed the Prix Foy on Sunday (Focusonracing)

“He did everything right,” said Fabre. “The idea was to have a very smooth race without being too hard and he had it, so there is not much else to say.

“It was just what we wanted before the Arc. Obviously he will come up against Enable again and what can we say about her? If Enable runs to her usual level of form in the Arc then she is going to be very hard to beat again.

“We’ve run against her three times and she has won each of them. Can we beat her? I don’t know, it’s the same for everyone.

“After the Arc he’ll probably go to the Breeders’ Cup again.”

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