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Beckett hoping for cut at HQ

Fri, 04 May 2012

Ralph Beckett is hoping for rain-softened conditions at Newmarket for the Qipco 1000 Guineas on Sunday after making the decision to add Moonstone Magic to the field on Monday.

His main worry is that this will by his filly's third run since mid-April, having landed her debut race at Leicester and followed up in the Fred Darling at Newbury.

"I'm very happy with her and I'm very glad about where we are at the moment. The only concern I have is that it's her third run in three weeks, but she seems in good shape at home," said the trainer.

"As things stand with the ground and with how the filly seems in herself, I'm very happy. There is no wind in Newmarket at the moment, and the less the ground dries out the better for us. We're going into it with our eyes wide open."

Mashoora was a very cosy winner of the Prix Imprudence on her seasonal reappearance and Jean-Claude Rouget is just hoping the mile of the Guineas does not prove beyond her stamina limitations.

The French trainer said: "She ran quite well over a mile last October . I think she could be better over seven furlongs, but we have to try (a mile). She was fitter than the colt (Abtaal) for her trial, but she has been in good form since the race and we will see what the opposition is made of."

The Fugue was a ready winner on her debut at Newmarket in late October and John Gosden's stable jockey William Buick has chosen to ride her instead of Starscope.

The trainer said: "She's only had the one run, when she was very impressive, but it was never the intention to go for a trial with her. She's been pretty slow to come to hand, but we took her for a racecourse gallop.

"She's in good form, but she would have preferred the last deluge of rain not to have fallen. Just before Wednesday night's rain it was good to soft ground - and that would have been fine for her. It is now on the slow side of good and that is not entirely in her favour."

Starscope has had a run this season, when beaten just a length in the Nell Gwyn Stakes, and Gosden went on: "I was very pleased with how she finished. She wants a mile and she's by Selkirk, so if it remains wet that will suit and make it more a test of stamina. We put the hood on as she has a bit of nervous trait to her character."