James Ferguson has Cheveley Park in mind for exciting Zoetic

Tue 25 Aug 2020

James Ferguson will give Zoetic a short break before possibly heading to the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.

The Kodiac filly may bid to complete a hat-trick of wins for the season next month by stepping back up to six furlongs in the Group One.

Having got off the mark at the fourth attempt at Wolverhampton on her penultimate start, Zoetic followed up by providing Ferguson with the biggest victory of his career in the Listed St Hugh’s Fillies’ Stakes at Newbury.

Ferguson said: “Newbury was a fantastic day for all of us, and I’m very privileged to train such a nice filly in our first year.

“She came out of the race absolutely bouncing. But she has had five runs now in quite quick succession – and although she takes her races well, we are going to put her away for a month.

“We will bring her back potentially for a shot at the Cheveley Park if she is OK.

“The owners are very happy to take a chance, so she will have an entry in the race.”

While Zoetic has been campaigned over the minimum trip in her last two starts, Ferguson believes she will have no problem seeing out the extra furlong.

He added: “In her work at home, she has always been so relaxed, and that’s why we started her over six.

“When she ran in those first two races she unexpectedly jumped out and was so keen. At Doncaster she was very keen early on, but I think she has improved so much since then.

“You saw Oisin (Murphy) jump out on her the other day at Newbury, and she was much more relaxed and travelled so well, so going back to six should be fine.”

The Newmarket trainer believes the best is yet to come, meanwhile, from Denford Stakes third Francesco Guardi – who could be stepped up to a mile on his next start.

Ferguson added: “I thought he ran an absolute blinder on his second start at Newbury -(but) he simply got stuck in the mud.

“He didn’t like the soft ground. He has come out of the race well – (although) we don’t have a set plan with him, he probably wants stepping up to a mile.

“I think experience is more important for him than going for gold in a big one, because I don’t want to over-face him this season.”

A tilt at the Cheveley Park Stakes is also next on the agenda for Lowther Stakes winner Miss Amulet.

The Ken Condon-trained filly prevailed by a length in the Group Two contest at York last week – a second successive victory after she gained black-type form in the Listed Marwell Stakes at Naas on August 3.

Condon reports the two-year-old in good order after her performance on the Knavesmire, and is likely to step the daughter of Sir Prancealot up to Group One level at Newmarket on her next appearance.

“She’s very well after York,” he said.

“She’s cantering away and all things being well she’ll be aimed at the Cheveley Park. She’ll go there next, but she’s fresh and well after the other day, she was great.

“We’ll just take it one step at a time I guess, it’s a good distance between York and that race.

“She stayed well over six (furlongs) at York and Newmarket will be a different test, but she’s in good form. Hopefully she remains that way, we’ll see closer to the time but at the moment we’re focused on going there.”

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