Arabian Comet set for Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster
Last Updated: 05/09/14 3:39pm
Connections of Arabian Comet are hoping the three-year-old can secure her first Pattern race victory in the £90,000 Group Two DFS Park Hill Stakes on the second day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, DFS Ladies Day, Thursday, September 11.
The daughter of Dubawi, trained by William Haggas, was a fast-finishing nose second to stablemate Ice Queen on her most recent outing in the 12-furlong Listed Galtres Stakes at York last month.
She also finished strongly to snatch second behind star Irish mare Missunited in the Group Three Lillie Langtry Stakes over a mile and three quarters at Glorious Goodwood.
Arabian Comet started the campaign with an impressive handicap success at Wolverhampton off a mark of 68. She also captured handicaps at Carlisle and Ascot prior to her step into Pattern company and has a current rating on 104.
Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Arabian Comet's owner Abdulla Al Mansoori, said: "Arabian Comet has come out of York very well and the plan is to go for the DFS Park Hill Stakes.
"She is an improving filly and I thought it was a great run at York. Immediately afterwards, William nominated the Park Hill so we are very hopeful. I think the step back up in trip will definitely benefit her.
"She is improving and furnishing up all the time. She is doing really well in herself and every two weeks when I go and look at her you can see she is improving. As William says, she is thriving.
"It happens with fillies and when they start improving there is no stopping them. We are hoping she can do good things and she deserves to win a nice race."
Also heading up the entries for the DFS Park Hill Stakes, run over the Ladbrokes St Leger distance of one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards, is last year's Group One QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes heroine Seal Of Approval and three-time Group One runner-up Venus De Milo.
The going at Doncaster remains good, good to firm in places although there is rain forecast for the weekend.
Doncaster's Clerk of the Course Roderick Duncan reported: "We have got between five and eight millimetres of rain forecast for tomorrow.
"Today was originally forecast to be overcast but it has brightened up this afternoon. We will just sit on it and see what happens tomorrow, and then take a view on where we go with any irrigation on Sunday."