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CHIC will set out on the road towards a possible Group One campaign when she lines up in the Ladbrokes Silver Trophy at Lingfield today.

Sir Michael Stoute's mare boasts big race entries later in the season, but she kicks-off her year in the Group Three mile event.

Chic will not only be making her seasonal bow, but she will also be experiencing the Polytrack surface for the first time, as the Silver Trophy is the first Pattern race to be run on the all-weather in Britain.

The five-year-old will be favoured by the conditions of the race and Chris Richardson hopes she can put up a bold show.

"I haven't spoken to Sir Michael for a couple of days now, but this looks a good opportunity to get her back on the track," he said.

"Obviously the ground is a little bit of an unknown but she has done plenty of conditioning work on that sort of surface in Newmarket."

Stoute had considered running Chic in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket earlier in the week, but as well as a 3lb allowance today, she escapes carrying a penalty for her win in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood.

Another runner having a first try is the Henry Cecil trained Akimbo. The four-year-old was fifth to Valixir in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes last time. …