Rosdhu Queen to resume winning ways at York
York may be playing second fiddle to the Newmarket July meeting today but they also have an excellent card on offer. The feature race is the Group 3 32Red Summer Stakes over six furlongs.
Rosdhu Queen was one of the best two-year-old fillies in training last season and her victories included the Lowther Stakes and the Cheveley Park Stakes. Haggas resisted the temptation to aim her for the 1000 Guineas and she was sent to Ascot’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes as her early summer target.
She was restrained in rear early on but made steady progress to finish a close fifth in that Group One event. A similar effort here would probably be good enough but there is every chance that she can improve again for the outing.
One of her main rivals is likely to be Charity Sprint Handicap winner Body And Soul. She is also lightly raced this season and was having only her second start of the campaign in that valuable event.
Rosdhu Queen also faces a tough rival in stable companion Restiadargent. She was trained in France last season and produced the race of her life when beaten just half a length by Black Caviar at Royal Ascot.
She made her first start for her new yard at Nottingham in May but faded disappointingly into third behind Scream Blue Murder. If she returns to the level of form she displayed at Ascot last year she will have a leading chance.
Ralph Beckett’s City Girl showed promise first time out behind Zanetto but then ran badly at Haydock. She bounced back to win a Conditions race at Newmarket but has around three lengths to find with Rosdhu Queen on Cheveley Park form.
March stepped out of handicap company to finish a fine second to Morawij over five furlongs at Sandown. The daughter of Dutch Art was staying on well at the finish and should prove equally effective over the six furlongs here.
Place In My Heart, Ladies Are Forever and Gracia Directa are all tough and consistent fillies but they may again find a couple too good for them.