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Can Mimikyu Repeat Her Success?
Last year, Mimikyu emerged victorious over Time Lock in a novice event held over the same course and distance. The talented filly went on to clinch victories in a Newmarket handicap and even secured a Group Two Park Hill Stakes win at Doncaster before ending her three-year-old campaign.
This time around, joint-trainer Thady Gosden expects her to step up her game after narrowly losing out to River Of Stars two weeks ago at York’s Bronte Cup. As he prepares his charge for action, he believes that dropping back two furlongs will work wonders for Mimikyu as she vies for victory once again.
Gosden also mentioned that they have taken off her hood which should enable better visibility while racing. Furthermore, despite winning on soft ground previously, Gosden feels confident about her chances regardless of whatever conditions may be present since she can adapt well enough.
Time Lock Ready To Take On The Field
Another contender looking ready to rumble is Time Lock who seeks redemption from last season when finishing behind Mimikyu during their previous meeting. Afterward, she pushed fellow Juddmonte-owned filly Haskoy in the Galtres Stakes at York. The winner would later finish close to the top spot in the St Leger and even went on to win a Group Three race after coming back.
Time Lock again finished second during her comeback season when competing in a Listed race held at Goodwood. Her team remains optimistic that she can perform well on Merseyside, provided there is firm ground which suits her racing style best.
Australian Challenger Ready for Battle
One challenger looking poised for success is The Astrologist from Australia who also has his sights set on victory. He’s hoping to reassert his Royal Ascot claims he made earlier this year at Haydock’s John o…Smith Cup Handicap.
The Rest of The Field
Roger Varian switches Modaara to turf following a 13-length victory while German hopes are carried by Peter Schiergen-trained Nachtrose. William Haggas won last year’s renewal with Sea La Rosa and would love to follow up with Sea Silk Road as they vie for glory once again. Poptronic rounds off the field finishing third behind Gosden’s Free Wind in the Middleton Stakes where trainer Karl Burke believes she may have been underestimated previously but will run an excellent race here nonetheless.