Warren hoping for Estimate improvement
Wednesday 12 September 2012
John Warren is hopeful that The Queen's Estimate can improve as she tackles the DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster on Thursday.
The Queen's colours were carried into second by Set To Music in this Group Two contest over the full St Leger course 12 months ago and Her Majesty has a chance of going one better with the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Estimate, who lifted the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot.
However, she was then beaten in third place in the Lillie Langtry Stakes at Glorious Goodwood behind Wild Coco and the pair will renew rivalry on Town Moor.
"With three-year-old fillies that mature like Estimate has been doing, you are always hopeful that there is a few pounds of improvement in them as they progress to each race," said The Queen's bloodstock and racing advisor.
"She is bred to improve and fillies like her tend to do so at this time of year, so I would say there is every chance she will go forwards as opposed to backwards."
Hazel Lavery was only ninth in that Goodwood race, but trainer Charlie Hills told www.charliehills.com: "She got too far out of the race at Goodwood and didn't really handle the track, so we are hoping for a better showing here."
Ambivalent was only third behind Hazel Lavery at Newmarket but has since defeated Set To Music in a Listed race at Newbury. Connections of the Roger Varian-trained three-year-old expect her to put up a decent display.
"Ambivalent is in top form so we are hopeful. She is an improving filly and it's a big step up for her, but we think she is improving enough to put up a good show," said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Ambivalent's owner Abdullah Saeed Belhab.
"She won nicely at Newbury last time. She is improving all the time and she enjoyed the faster ground because she didn't like it soft at Newmarket the time before that. We are confident she will stay the trip."