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Fred Darling fillies headed by Al Thakhira

Updated: Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 16:13 | Comments

Frankie Dettori (seen here on Treve) will partner Al Thakhira Al Shaqab Racing
Frankie Dettori (seen here on Treve) will partner Al Thakhira Al Shaqab Racing

Al Thakhira faces 12 rivals as she bids to book her Classic place at Newmarket with a big run in the Fred Darling Stakes, run as the Dubai Duty Free Stakes, at Newbury on Saturday.

Marco Botti's charge had looked a serious contender for the Qipco 1000 Guineas when winning the Rockfel Stakes in October, but she ended the campaign on a low when tailed off last on fast ground in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf at Santa Anita three weeks later.

Now she has a chance to redeem her reputation in the Group Three for fillies over seven furlongs.

A quality field includes Frankel's half-sister Joyeuse, a Listed winner for Jane Cecil and sixth in the Cheveley Park Stakes.

This race looks to have plenty of strength in depth with Charles Hills saddling two promising types in Coral Mist and Dutch Romance.

Rae Guest has had plenty of talented fillies in his care over the years and looks to Cape Factor, winner of the Listed Bosra Sham Stakes, to do herself justice.

The rest of the field comprises of Alys Love, Beldale Memory, Dutch Courage, J Wonder, Lady Lara, Manderlay, Stealth Missile and Valonia.

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