Albasharah ready for Salisbury comeback
Last Updated: 12/08/14 2:56pm
Saeed bin Suroor is delighted to have Albasharah back on the racecourse after an absence of over a year in the EBF Stallions Upavon Fillies' Stakes at Salisbury on Wednesday.
Though Bin Suroor expects the five-year-old mare to need the outing, the Godolphin trainer feels she should put up a good show in this Listed contest.
Albasharah suffered an injury when she reared upon leaving the stalls and unseated Kieren Fallon in the Lyric Stakes at York last July.
A big run had looked likely on the Knavesmire as she had finished a close third to Emirates Queen in the Group Two Lancashire Oaks on her previous start.
"She's doing well and is working nicely. This is the right race for her," he said.
"She had a problem last year at York in the stalls. She has recovered from the injury she had there and now she is in good form and we expect a good run from her.
"I think she will need the race and she will improve for it."
Godolphin are also represented by the Charlie Appleby-trained Tearless.
The four-year-old daughter of Street Cry only made her racecourse debut in June, but has made a promising start to her career, winning both her starts at Goodwood and over this course and distance.
"She's won her only two starts and progressed from her first to her second run and looks to have come out of her last race well," said Appleby.
"She acted on this track and we're hopeful she can run another competitive race.
"She had a few setbacks as a three-year-old so she didn't run. It was very pleasing when she won her maiden and she's a filly we've had lots of faith in.
"We then stepped her up and she won a handicap at Salisbury. She carried top weight that day and won nicely.
"We were looking to run her at York but the ground went against her. She's a Street Cry filly that wants a sound surface.
"The way the weather is we will be on weather watch, but it looks like it's going to be good ground down there, hopefully.
"She has no trouble with this distance and in time she'll probably go up in trip."
Other promising fillies in a warm-looking contest include the William Haggas-trained My Spirit, who has won all her three starts, Luca Cumani's progressive Kleo and Richard Hannon's Lustrous, highly tried in two Group Ones after finishing second in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot.