Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Fantasy Time for Cumani Filly; RACING PREVIEW

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Fantasy Time for Cumani Filly; RACING PREVIEW

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

LUCA Cumani's smart filly Fantasia looks difficult to oppose as she makes her seasonal reappearance in the Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket (4.10).

The daughter of Sadler's Wells was remarkably a 7-1 chance for her debut at Headquarters last July but showed a potent turn of foot to put her rivals to the sword.

That hugely impressive display ensured she was sent off favourite for the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood next time and she did not let down her supporters as she won by the cosiest of lengths.

And so came the clash with another unbeaten filly in Rainbow View in the Fillies' Mile and although on this occasion she had to settle for second, there was certainly no disgrace in chasing home a horse who will take all the beating in next month's 1000 Guineas.

Fantasia has since been purchased by Rainbow View's owner George Strawbridge so is unlikely to be back at Newmarket next month, but there should still be plenty of prizes coming her way this season, starting off with the Nell Gwyn.

The Betterbet European Free Handicap (3.35) looks all the more intriguing thanks to the participation of Michael Bell's Art Connoisseur and he must take some stopping at this level.

The three-year-old swept all before him on his first three starts as a juvenile, culminating with victory in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Second to Mastercraftsman in the Phoenix Stakes next time, he was rather disappointing in the Gimcrack but it later transpired that he had suffered an injury that would rule him out for the remainder of the campaign.

The recent vibes from Newmarket are that he is now back firing on all cylinders and even with top-weight, he will have to win this if he is to live up to his Classic aspirations.

Rockhampton went into the notebook as a horse to follow after his recent Leopardstown triumph and it will be interesting to see how he fares stepped up in class for the Tattersalls Timeform 3-Y-O Trophy (3.0).

The Galileo colt failed to set the world alight as a juvenile but looked a typical Aidan O'Brien improver when scooting up on his comeback. …

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