Cabaletta Targeting Haydock Heights at Pinnacle
Cabaletta tries to return to Betway Pinnacle Stakes winning track in Haydock
Roger Varian’s filly won Listed Company at Newbury last summer, before placing second in Group Two Lillie Langtry Stakes and Group Three March Stakes at Goodwood.
She had to settle for small honors again when she was third behind the impressive Queen Power in the Middleton Stakes in York in her seasonal reappearance – and the Connections are hoping the application of the blinders for the first time will have the effect. expected effect Saturday.
Chris Richardson, Managing Director of Owner-Breeder Cheveley Park Stud, said: “We were a little disappointed with how she performed in York. She just looked like she wasn’t really concentrating, so we’re trying something different to try to help her focus.
“I hope the blinders don’t make her too free, but she certainly looked like she was playing in Middleton.
“I think the step (back) up to a mile and a half is what she needs, and hopefully we can see her get back on track.
“Based on what we have seen at home, we hope to see an improvement.”
With Alpinista a major non-runner, Cabaletta is set to face five rivals at Group Three on Merseyside – Oriental Mystique (David Simcock), The Moon (Henry Candy), Salsada (Jedd O’Keeffe), Wait For The Lord (David Elsworth) ) and National Treasure (Ben Haslam).
A field of quality sprinters will compete in the Listed Betway Achilles Stakes, including last year’s winner, El Astronaut.
John Quinn’s evergreen sprinter defends the crown he won in the 2020 edition in Doncaster, having also managed a return to action in Chester three weeks ago.
“He’s come out of Chester really well and he’s in a good position,” Quinn said.
“He doesn’t mind a little ease in his field – he goes on any court. We are very happy with it.
Connections of Motagally is happy to see the five-year-old return after a 227-day absence.
It will be a late seasonal reappearance for the Charlie Hills-trained gelding, which was last seen finishing third at Kempton in October.
“He’s been selected this year, but he’s a decent horse at his best, so it would be nice to bring him back,” said Angus Gold, racing manager for owner Shadwell Estate Company.
Andrew Balding’s King’s Lynn renews his rivalry with El Astronaut – after holding second in Chester – while Edward Bethell leads stable star Moss Gill, whose last run was on the field in the Al Quoz sprint at Meydan .