Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get in Step with Dance; Expect a Command Performace from Diva at Newmarket Breakable Is Rock-Solid in Shergar Cup

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get in Step with Dance; Expect a Command Performace from Diva at Newmarket Breakable Is Rock-Solid in Shergar Cup

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Byline: GARRY owen

DANCE DIVA can put her best foot forward for Richard Fahey in the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket.

This classy daughter of Mayson first caught my eye when scoring cosily on her debut at Redcar then handled rain-softened ground well when following up at Haydock.

Pitched into Listed company at Newmarket, the filly improved once again when cosily beating useful TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE stablemate Maggies Angel despite still running green in the closing stages.

DANCE DIVA (3.40) was then very unlucky to meet the classy Nyaleti in the Princess Margaret at Ascot but still finished well clear of some talented rivals in a fair Group 3 contest.

She was staying on very nicely at the end of a stiff six furlongs that day and can claim a Group-level success of her own over seven on her favoured soft surface.

Chris Richardson, racing manager to owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: "Dance Diva was still a little bit green at Ascot.

"She didn't want to come under the arch and was a little bit edgy and on her toes in the parade ring beforehand. She's obviously a good filly and a very good filly beat her on the day.

"We think that the penny is dropping with her and the way she finished at Ascot would suggest stepping up to seven furlongs will suit."

Two on ITV4 from Haydock where Jump maestro Paul Nicholls can enjoy a rare Flat winner with ZUBAYR (1.55) in the Betfred Ladies' Trophy.

The ex-French gelding landed the Grade 2 Adonis Hurdle on his timber debut in 2016 and showed some excellent form in two runs on the All-weather at Kempton recently.

The five-year-old needs to improve again but he will handle the likely soft ground and can triumph under the talented Megan Nicholls.

Mark Johnston's FRANKUUS (2.30) is the value bet in a trappy renewal of the Rose Of Lancaster.

The son of Frankel showed some high-class form last year and ran a blinder to finish second behind the progressive Defoe in the Glasgow at Hamilton. …

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