Beldale Memory well-backed favourite for Queen Mary Stakes
The Queen Mary Stakes has been won by some very speedy fillies in the past and favourite this year is Beldale Memory, trained by Clive Cox. She created a very favourable impression when winning at Bath on her debut and was backed as if defeat was out of the question at York next time.
Settled behind the leaders by Jamie Spencer, she quickened well to beat several previous winners and book her ticket for Royal Ascot. Well supported against the favourite has been Clive Brittain’s Rizeena.
The veteran Newmarket handler has something of a reputation for tilting at windmills but that is not the case with the daughter of Iffraaj. She won well here last month and then blazed the trail in the National Stakes at Sandown to come home three lengths clear.
Rizeena missed the break on her racecourse debut before running on late to finish a closing fifth to Godolphin’s Fire Blaze. The winner is an imposing grey by Dubawi and has not raced since.
A lot of people were impressed by the debut victory of Reroute in a decent maiden race at York last month. Ed Walker’s filly bounced off the ground to defeat the favourite Royal Mezyan by a length and a half and has scope for further improvement.
Cheveley Park usually have a strong candidate for this race and they rely on Satisfied, a Kyllachy filly trained by William Haggas. She progressed from a promising debut at Sandown to land the odds at Lingfield last time and is the mount of Graham Lee.
Richard Hannon has three representatives including the appropriately named Fast. She lived up to her name when bolting up by seven lengths at Chepstow and is joined by Oriel and Corncockle. Interestingly, Richard Hughes has chosen to ride Oriel who managed to get into all sorts of trouble in a five-runner race at Newbury last time.
Alutiq ran out the eventual winner that day but Hughes clearly believes that Oriel ought to have won and she is fancied to reverse the form. Mick Channon has trained some fast fillies down the years and has another one in Kaiulani. She won nicely at Leicester on her debut from Excel’s Beauty who has gone on to frank the form.
An interesting outsider is American raider Sweet Emma Rose, a winner at Keeneland before being beaten at odds-on at Pimlico. She is the second of three juveniles sent over by Wesley Ward who trained two winners at the 2009 meeting.