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Fabre lines up Earthlight to tackle Siskin and Mums Tipple in top-class Middle Park

Mon 23 Sep 2019

A mouthwatering clash between Siskin, Mums Tipple and Earthlight could be on the cards in Saturday’s Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes as 13 juveniles remain in contention for the Newmarket feature after the latest entry stage.

The Ger Lyons-trained Siskin is already a Group One winner and he lines up here having swerved a clash with the devastating Pinatubo in the National Stakes in favour of this event.

Ger Lyons talks about his hopes for Siskin with Oli Bell

However, he faces anything but a penalty kick with Richard Hannon’s Mums Tipple set to step up in class having won a competitive sales race at York by 11 lengths.

Hannon has also left in his Gimcrack and Champagne Stakes winner Threat.

Adding further depth to the field is Andre Fabre’s Earthlight, who is another Group One winner having seen off Mark Johnston’s smart filly Raffle Prize to win the Prix Morny last time out. Fabre said:

“Earthlight is in good shape, I am very happy with him. He’s never had a setback and is an easy, sound horse,” said Fabre.

“His Prix Morny victory has been highly rated, but the soft ground was a factor and may have changed things. He has won on fast and soft, so the ground is not a real concern for him.

“Earthlight is not the most balanced horse, he carries his head a bit low, so his ability to handle Newmarket’s undulations will be something that we will have to discover on Saturday.”

Earthlight defeats Raffle Prize in the Prix Morny
Earthlight defeats Raffle Prize in the Prix Morny

Aidan O’Brien is set to be in the unusual situation of not saddling one of the market leaders for a juvenile Group One, 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 are also possible Ballydoyle representatives.

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 left in contention.

Watch Mums Tipple demolish his rivals at York last time out

Meanwhile, Siskin's trainer Ger Lyons has opted to supplement Nurse Barbara for the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on the same card.

The daughter of Kodiac has been given the chance to go for Group One glory by the County 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 contest are Ken Condon’s Celtic Beauty, Sheila Lavery’s Lil Grey and Millisle from Jessica Harrington’s yard.

A strong home defence could be led by the Mark Johnston-trained Raffle Prize, who was only beaten a neck by Earthlight in the Prix Morny after defeating 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 Three 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.

Nurse Barbara gets reeled in by Blissful in the last stride at Leopardstown - both fillies are in contention for the Cheveley Park Stakes

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