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A big weekend for Phoenix at Newmarket and beyond

A big weekend for Phoenix at Newmarket and beyond…quotes form John Quinn (Signora Cabello) and Karl Burke (Kadar)

This Saturday Phoenix Thoroughbreds will be hunting big prizes on three continents including chasing Group One glory at Newmarket with superstar filly Signora Cabello.

The Queen Mary and Prix Robert Papin winner is scheduled to line-up in the Cheveley Park Stakes where she’ll come up against Pretty Pollyana, who narrowly defeated John Quinn’s filly in the Prix Morny.

“It was a fantastic run and a wonderful sight to see those two fillies duelling and pulling clear of the best that was put in front of them.” Quinn said on Monday. “They put a lot of daylight back to the third and the winner was just better on the day.”

In addition to being a great race between two of the highest rated juveniles in Europe, it was also a tough race. However the Malton based handler is very pleased with how his runner has responded.

“It was a tough race in the Morny but the timing has been good.” Explained Quinn. “Her recent work has been good so I’m expecting a big run from her. She’s the best filly I’ve ever trained; she’s a very, very good two-year-old. She’s the second highest rated two-year-old filly in Europe so that speaks for itself. I’m expecting a very good run and I’m sure she’ll run well”

But what about the question of reversing the form with the likely favourite?

“It’s a different day isn’t it and a different track.” Pointed out Quinn “I’m very happy with our filly.”

Signora Cabello is not the only Phoenix Thoroughbreds horse going to Newmarket with a big chance on Saturday. Karl Burke’s Kadar steps up in class after his taking debut success at Haydock to run in the Royal Lodge Stakes.

“I’m very happy with him since Haydock” said Burke when asked to assess the colt’s progress. “I haven’t over worked him since then but I’m very happy with him.”

It’s well documented that the Leyburn trainer has always thought highly of this son of Scat Daddy and Burke feels that the colt’s inexperience won’t be too much of an issue as he takes a marked step up in grade.

“It’s always a concern stepping up in class like this but he’s a high class colt that we think a lot of; this is the type of horse we think he can be.” Said Burke. “Ideally you’d like to put him into a stepping stone race before going into one like this but at this end of the season we haven’t got many choices. He’s a lovely horse, a top class horse in the making but maybe throwing him into a race like this on his second start could be tough. Hopefully he comes through it and whatever happens he’s a top class colt for the future.”