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  • 14:20 Charm Spirit Dahlia Stakes 1m 1f

  • (Fillies' Group 2) £90,000 added 4yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £51,039 2nd £19,350 3rd £9,684 4th £4,824
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
  • Winning time: 1m 49.19s
  • Off time: 14:27:49

Somehow makes a swift return in Dahlia Stakes

Last Updated: 05/05/17 3:23pm

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Somehow will run in the Dahlia Stakes

Somehow will run in the Dahlia Stakes

Charlie Appleby believes the Charm Spirit Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket on Sunday represents an ideal starting point for Skiffle.

The lightly-raced four-year-old finished fifth in last year's Oaks and will be making just the fifth start of her career, and his first outing since last August, in the Group Two over a mile.

Appleby said: "I am pleased with the way she has done during the winter. Like most Dubawis, she has done great from three to four.

"She had three quick runs at the start of her three-year-old career and she needed a break after that.

"We gave her one run at the back-end over nine furlongs at the Curragh and that was her put away for the season. There were no abnormalities with her.

"She's an honest workhorse. Her work has been good and I have been pleased with it. The trip will be on the sharp side but the quick ground will suit.

"It is a good starting point for the season. She will be stepping up in trip afterwards as we are working back from the Lancashire Oaks."

Despite having slight reservations about the ground, Marco Botti hopes Aljazzi can take the next step up the ladder after she claimed the second Listed race of her career at Kempton last month.

He said: "She won well at Kempton and has come out of that race in fantastic form. I am really happy with her.

"She will handle the track because she won there as a two-year-old on her first start. The ground might be a touch too quick, but at the same time the ground was fast when she won at Haydock.

"Ryan Moore said she is not short of speed but she should definitely stay the extra furlong.

"It is a step up in class but she is a nice filly and hopefully she can improve her profile. We are looking forward to seeing her run."

Last year's Cheshire Oaks winner Somehow will attempt to build upon her winning return at Gowran last week and give trainer Aidan O'Brien his first winner in the race.

Nezwaah will try to do likewise for Roger Varian.

The Newmarket handler told "I think a lot of Nezwaah and I hope she is a filly we have yet to see the best of.

"She has plenty of speed and acts on quick ground so this is the perfect starting point.

"I expect her to run very well."

Elbereth has shaped well in two runs on the all-weather this year and her trainer Andrew Balding reports the six-year-old mare in prime condition for her first start on turf this season.

"She's in fine form. It's probably a furlong short of her best distance but the stiff track will suit her well," said the Kingsclere trainer.

"I'm looking forward to seeing her back on the turf."

The Francois Doumen-trained Aim To Please and Silver Step from the yard of Pia Brandt represent France, while the field is completed by Muffri'Ha (William Haggas), and Rosental (Luca Cumani).

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