Racing: Joyeuse looking to show class

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Joyeuse can show her rivals a clean pair of heels as she dips to Listed level for Salisbur’s EBF Stallions & Country Gentlemen’s Association Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes.

Lady Cecil’s filly has had a tall reputation from the very early days of her racing career which is hardly surprising given she is an Oasis Dream half-sister to Frankel.

She showed plenty of promise on her debut at Lingfield back in May, winning cosily despite racing a bit keenly in the early stages before really hitting her stride in the final furlong.

That victory prompted connections to raise her sights to Group Three level for the Albany Stakes but she was not helped by being drawn low at the Royal meeting. Nevertheless, Joyeuse showed up extremely well in finishing third behind Kiyoshi, who has subsequently placed at Group One level, and Sandiva, who has gone on to win a French Group Three contest.

That run represents some of the strongest form in the book right now and after being given a break over the high summer months, Joyeuse should claim this six-furlong event if her Cheveley Park entry is to be realised.

Floating Along produced a career-best effort last time but can top that Brighton victory with further success in the “Choose EBF Nominated” Lochsong Fillies’ Stakes.

A winner off a mark of 75 at Warwick in July, Floating Along defied a 3lb rise to fend off Maid A Million at the seaside track last month.

She made all that day, showing plenty of guts to hold on, and while she has gone up a further 4lb for that win, Floating Along appears to be firmly on an upward curve for William Haggas.

No Heretic had to bypass an intended run in the Ebor after late rain produced testing conditions but compensation awaits in the CGA “Persian Punch” Conditions Stakes. The five-year-old needs a sound surface and showed he’s no back number when finishing a fine fifth in the Goodwood Cup.