JOCKEY James Doyle reckons the drop in trip will be the key to Nyaleti in Friday’s Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket.
Mark Johnston’s filly narrowly beaten in the May Hill at Doncaster over a mile on her last start.
“Deirdre (Johnston) said she has been bouncing since her run at Doncaster,” said Doyle.
“I travelled very well that day and got away with real slow fractions. In hindsight I probably just pressed the button a little bit early.
“I put the race to bed, but the extra furlong did eek out her stamina a little bit, so coming back a furlong will definitely suit her.”
Ger Lyons has supplemented Lightening Quick for the race, although he admits she doesn’t sparkle on the gallops at home.
“It’s very hard to gauge where you are with Lightening Quick as her work has always been average – she only ever does the bare minimum at home,” said Lyons.
“It’s a little quirk of the family – her mother (Cheveley Park winner Lightening Pearl) was much the same, but it didn’t stop her from winning a Group 1.
Templegate’s TV tips
1.50 Newmarket – Amabilis: ‘Everything clicked last time and she’s improving’ (add to your betslip)
2.25 Newmarket – Pleasant Surprise: ‘This race should suit and has every chance’ (add to your betslip)
3.00 Newmarket – Butterscotch: ‘Should relish this trip’ (add to your betslip)
3.35 Newmarket – Zonderland: ‘Repeat of his cracking run last time should be enough’ (add to your betslip)
“She’s such an intelligent filly and maybe she’s clever enough to know that there is no prize money on offer on the gallops at home!”
Aidan O’Brien’s Butterscotch is the other Irish-trained challenger in this Group 2 test.
The Roger Charlton-trained Gavota gets her chance in Pattern company after wining both her starts, the latest by six lengths at Lingfield.
Michael Bell’s Roulette is a big price but her trainer feels she warrants her spot.
“She’s in good form and we’re hoping she’ll run a very good race,” said Bell.
“She won her maiden well. It’s a big step up in class, but she certainly will not look out of place.”