Illuminate could light up Rowley Mile Racecourse

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Richard Hannon is hoping that Illuminate can give him a second consecutive victory in the Connolly’s Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday (2.35pm).

Illuminate is one of 27 acceptors gunning for the £102,078 first place prize in the Group One race, and is unbeaten from her three career starts so far.

“Illuminate goes next for the Chevely Park Stakes,” Hannon said. “That has been the plan for her since the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.

“We felt after that win that she had done enough and deserved a little break rather than carrying a penalty in the Lowther.

“She’s always been a pleasure to have around and has answered every question. She’s not a complicated ride in any way and Zoffany’s progeny appear to go well on softer ground so rain would not be a concern.”

A daughter of Zoffany, she followed up her victory in the Group Three Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot with a narrow defeat of Besharah in the Group Two Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket’s Adnams July Course.

Besharah has gone on to frank that form with a comfortable success in the Group Two Lowther Stakes at York, after which her Newmarket-based trainer, William Haggas, nominated the Cheveley Park Stakes as her next target.

Other leading candidates among a high class entry include the Lowther Stakes runner-up Lumiere, and the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes second Easton Angel, while there is a strong overseas contingent with eight entries from Ireland and two from France.

n Harry Dunlop is looking for a dry spell of weather this week to allow his one-time Classic hope, Early Morning, to take his place in the Betfred Cambridgeshire Heritage Handicap at Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday (3.50pm).

Early Morning was one of 88 horse remaining in the straight nine furlong race, first held in 1839, following last week’s scratching stage.