Royal Ascot heroine Qemah poised for Lingfield weekend return

Mon 8 May 2017

By staff

Coronation Stakes winner Qemah is the star on show at Lingfield on Saturday when she reappears in the Betfred Chartwell Fillies' Stakes.

Trained in France by Jean-Claude Rouget for Al Shaqab Racing, the daughter of Danehill Dancer also won the Prix Rothschild during the last campaign and can run in the Group Three without a penalty.

Al Shaqab's racing manager Harry Herbert said: "It has always been Jean-Claude's plan to start her off here.

"There's no suitable race in France and she doesn't have a Group One penalty, so it fits in right.

"The plan is likely to be the Queen Anne afterwards, all being well."

Other French entries are Narnia Dawn for Francis-Henri Graffard and Tony Castanheira's Rien Que Pour Toi.

Last year's winner Ashadihan returns for Kevin Ryan, with Chris Wall's Mix And Mingle and Roger Varian's Realtra others to note in the 13 entries.

In the Betfred Derby Trial Roger Charlton could step his unbeaten Frankel colt Atty Persse up in class and trip.

He is one of 23 entries, with his owners Godolphin also responsible for Bay Of Poets, Best Solution, Secret Advisor, Tamleek and Zamfir.

Aidan O'Brien, who has won four renewals since 2008, has entered eight, including the highly-touted Sir John Lavery.

Al Shaqab could be represented by William Haggas' Daawy, winner of a Ripon maiden last time out.

"William has always liked him but he disappointed us on his debut (sixth) and it's fair to say Frankie (Dettori) didn't think much of him," said Herbert.

"He won well at Ripon but he was odds on and might not have beaten much. It would be a big step up and William just wants to have a look.

"It might be that he's more a horse for the King George V at Ascot, we'll see."

O'Brien has three of the 12 in the Betfred Oaks Trial through Butterflies, Pocketfullofdreams and Key To My Heart.

Ralph Beckett has Camerone and Rich Legacy engaged with the once-raced duo of The Sky Is Blazing (Haggas) and Vintage Folly (Hugo Palmer) also entered.

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