Note
14 Feb 2011 | 19:15
Nag Me about
To add a NagMe alert you must sign in.
Forgot password?
Not a member yet?

Search: Horse Jockey Trainer Owner All

Mark of Excellence at MeydanHeadlines
Pure Excellence (left)

Connections of Pure Excellence admit they are "living in a dream world" ahead of the filly's bid for Dubai glory in Thursday's UAE 1000 Guineas at Meydan.

The Mark Johnston-trained three-year-old enjoyed a superb juvenile campaign and signed off with a Listed triumph at Newmarket in November.

She carries the colours of Excellence Racing, whose spokesman, Andrew Bell, admits to have a runner at Meydan with the first horse the syndicate have owned is way beyond his expectations.

Bell said: "We're looking forward to running her and I think she's ready to go. Deirdre (Johnston, trainer's wife) is very happy with her and Kieren Fallon has done all the work with her since she arrived and he's very pleased.

"We made the decision after she won her Listed race at Newmarket we would look to bring her to Dubai. The prize-money is so good and I think she deserves her place in this race.

"She was unbelievable last year. She started off winning a five-furlong maiden on fast ground at Beverley and ended up winning a Listed race over a mile on soft ground at Newmarket. She's got a lot of ability and is a really tough and genuine filly.

"It's fantastic to be here with her, we're living in a dream world, really. Our slogan as a syndicate is 'reaching for the stars', and that's what it's all about."

Pure Excellence features in a field of 10 runners in the one-mile Listed contest, with Ireland represented by David Marnane's More Than Sotka and the Pat Shanahan-trained My Special J's. That pair were third and fifth respectively in the 1000 Guineas trial three weeks ago.

The feature event on Thursday's card is the second round of the Al Maktoum Challenge, an extended nine-furlong Group Two which has attracted a top-quality line-up.

The Godolphin team are unsurprisingly well represented, with Saint Baudolino making his debut for Mahmood Al Zarooni, having shown very smart form in France when with Andre Fabre. Hunter's Light is another major contender for the Dubai-based operation.

14 June 2016

John Gosden's Swiss Range remains in French Oaks reckoning
Japanese star A Shin Hikari bids for Royal Ascot first in Prince of Wales's
Godolphin team unconcerned by mile trip for Usherette at Royal Ascot
Wesley Ward expecting Lady Aurelia to fly in Queen Mary at Ascot
Order Of St George faces 17 rivals in Gold run at Royal Ascot
July Cup remains on Danzeno agenda despite Salisbury defeat
Michael Bell to swerve Gold Cup at Royal Ascot with Big Orange
Ventura Storm set to drop in class following French Derby defeat
Thirsk gets go-ahead following morning inspection
Hugo Palmer gives Royal Ascot go-ahead to Architecture
Ground rules out Goldream's King's Stand defence
Jet Setting stays in training with Adrian Keatley
Richard Hannon says Mehmas has 'excellent chance' in Coventry Stakes
Thirsk abandoned due to unsafe racing conditions
Injured Danny Tudhope suffers more Royal Ascot woe
Michael Dods anticipating bold show from Mecca's Angel in King's Stand at Ascot
Kevin Prendergast has Awtaad 'better and fitter' for Royal Ascot raid
Tepin team shrug off going concerns ahead of Queen Anne outing at Ascot
Ground concerns scupper Time Test's Royal Ascot date

13 June 2016

Jet Setting goes for a song at Goffs London Sale
John Quinn has great expectations for Carlisle scorer Al Shahaniya
Branch Line excels at Roscommon for Andrew Slattery
Royal runner Dartmouth in Hardwicke hat for Sir Michael Stoute
Undrafted leads 18 confirmations for Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot
Setback sidelines Roger Varian's Dawn Of Hope
Michael Dods anticipating bold show from Mecca's Angel in King's Stand at Ascot
Ground concerns raise Buratino Commonwealth Cup doubts
Charlie Appleby mulling Newmarket outing with Nasimi
Marco Botti sets sights on European Group One glory with Euro Charline
Ken Condon eyeing autumn campaign with Success Days
Andrew Balding eyeing York Stakes outing with Tullius
Johnny Murtagh expecting more progression from Derby hero Harzand
Cam Hardie journeys north to spark new life into his career
Ascot ground the question mark for Aidan O'Brien big guns
Ptit Zig roars to French Champion Hurdle glory for Paul Nicholls
Don't Touch tees up July Cup option with Cathedral Stakes triumph
Pretty produces stylish performance to claim Munster Oaks
Royal Ascot rain a pain for Wesley Ward
Irish Oaks winner Covert Love retired after suffering strained ligament
Robert Cowell to make late decision on Goldream King's Stand defence
Henry Candy rates Limato a '50-50' chance to contest Diamond Jubilee heat
Classic trio primed for St James's Palace Stakes clash at Royal Ascot

12 June 2016

William Haggas resigned to rain woe for Ajaya
Hoofalong team have full faith in Nathan Evans for Stewards' Cup mission
Jim Crowley left wishing for free Sundays
Spirit Quartz back in business at Cork for Robert Cowell
Red Cardinal best in eventful Salisbury victory
James Eustace resigned to missing out on Hunt Cup with Ice Slice
Chris Stickels expecting Ascot ground to remain on easy side for Royal meeting
Massaat ruled out of Irish Derby date
Goldream takes on 20 in King's Stand Stakes defence at Royal Ascot
Tepin faces 13 rivals as she takes Queen Anne test at Royal Ascot
Exaggerator is well beaten as Creator takes the Belmont Stakes
Mr Lupton in Wokingham frame after Charity Sprint strike
Mick Easterby 'in shock' as Hoofalong lifts Sprint Cup
Easton Angel heaven-sent for Michael Dods in Scurry Stakes
Mutakayyef strikes Ganton glory at York
Ryan Moore gets Mutamakkin home at Sandown
Emily Easterby has champagne sparkle with famous success at York
Destroyer floors Sandown rivals
Ballydoyle headlines Coronation Stakes possibles
Air Force Blue enters Commonwealth Cup picture

11 June 2016

Scoop6 carried forward to Royal Ascot after Hoofalong victory scuppers punters
Mr Lupton powers to Charity Sprint success at York
Meadway makes all for Tartan Trophy glory at Musselburgh
Emily Easterby has champagne sparkle with famous success at York
Willie Mullins makes French connection with Un De Sceaux
Mark Johnston to swerve Royal Ascot with Lumiere
Thumbs-up at Leicester after inspection
Hayley Turner awarded OBE in Queen's Birthday Honours list
Acapulco all set for King's Stand at Royal Ascot
Ryan Moore hits Sandown treble
Hawkbill primed to take Tercentenary test at Royal Ascot
Oaks runner-up Architecture still possible for Ribblesdale
Order Of St George tops 21 still in the mix for Gold Cup glory
Charlie Appleby hoping Charming Thought challenge bears fruit at Salisbury
Long-absent Muwaary bids to stamp class on York's Ganton Stakes
Easton Angel aiming to star in Scurry date at Sandown

About | Terms | Privacy | Manage Alerts | Manage Account | © 2016