Robert Cowell is confident Iffranesia is capable of winning at Listed class when she takes aim at the £50,000 totescoop6 Beverley Bullet on Saturday. The 102-rated mare is Cowell's sole representative in a high-class renewal of the five-furlong sprint after the Newmarket handler withdrew popular veteran Kingsgate Native at the final declaration stage.
"Kingsgate wants much faster ground, whereas Iffranesia likes cut, so hopefully the ground will be fine for her at Beverley," said Cowell. That said, Kingsgate didn't get me too excited on his last gallop.He worked flat, which is unusual for him, so we'll take stock and see if anything comes to light from that substandard gallop. If all is OK, we'll look to Newbury (Dubai International Airport World Trophy) in two and a half weeks' time."
Iffranesia is a major player on the Westwood after having chased home sound yardstick Monsieur Joe in the Listed Abergwaun Stakes at Tipperary on August 7. And with the going at Beverley currently good, good to soft in places, conditions are also likely to suit the daughter of Iffraaj.
Cowell said: "She'll win a Listed race, but whether it's at Beverley remains to be seen. She's had a very good season and I thought she ran a very solid race at Tipperary. Finishing second to Monsieur Joe was no disgrace at all as that horse has been campaigned superbly by Paul Midgley. The ground was probably too quick for her that day, so it was very good effort. She's going the right way, and still might be improving."
Iffranesia is one of 16 declared runners in a stellar field for the Bullet - the keynote event on Beverley's richest ever raceday. The Midgley-trained Line Of Reason finished a close third in the race 12 months ago and is prominent in the betting, as is Maarek, the Group One-winning sprinter from Ireland. Compatriot Dikta Del Mar also makes the trip to East Yorkshire, while former Bullet hero Tangerine Trees joins fellow Bryan Smart inmate Red Pike in the line-up. Stuart Williams is also doubly represented by Cordial and Holley Shiftwell, with Alben Star and Katawi engaged for Richard Fahey and Chris Wall respectively.
Saturday's £136,000, eight-race card is due to begin at 1.45pm, while the popular East Yorkshire circuit also throws open its doors for a top fixture on Sunday - with £60,000 in prize-money up for grabs.
TOTESCOOP6 BEVERLEY BULLET - FINAL DECS
1) Line of Reason (stall 3) Paul Midgley/Graham Lee (9st 4lb)
2) Alben Star (6) Richard Fahey/David Nolan (9st)
3) Brother Tiger (15) David Griffiths/PJ McDonald (9st)
4) Confessional (1) Tim Easterby/David Allan (9st)
5) Maarek (4) Evanna McCutcheon/Jamie Spencer (9st)
6) Poyle Vinnie (12) Michael Appleby/Andrew Mullen (9st)
7) Red Pike (7) Bryan Smart/Tom Eaves (9st)
8) Tangerine Trees (2) Bryan Smart/Fergal Lynch (9st)
9) Katawi (13) Chris Wall/Tony Hamilton (8st 13lb)
10) Northgate Lad (11) Brian Ellison/Silvestre de Sousa (8st 12lb)
11) Cordial (9) Stuart Williams/Saleem Golam (8st 9lb)
12) Holley Shiftwell (7) Stuart Williams/Graham Gibbons (8st 9lb)
13) Iffranesia (14) Robert Cowell/Luke Morris (8st 9lb)
14) Ridge Ranger (10) Eric Alston/Neil Farley (8st 9lb)
15) Willbeme (16) Neville Bycroft/Dale Swift (8st 9lb)
16) Dikta Del Mar (5) Tom Hogan/Ben Curtis (8st 7lb)