Doncaster racing: Arabian Comet looks for first win

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Arabian Comet is to bid for her first Pattern-race victory in the DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster on Thursday.

This event, often known as the fillies’ St Leger, is of Group Two status and a realistic target for the daughter of Dubawi, who raced right up through the handicap ranks.



She finished second behind star Irish mare Missunited in the Lillie Langtry Stakes at Glorious Goodwood before chasing home William Haggas-trained stablemate Ice Queen on her most recent outing in the Galtres Stakes at York.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Arabian Comet’s owner Abdulla Al Mansoori, said: “Arabian Comet has come out of York very well and the plan is to go for the Park Hill Stakes.

“She is an improving filly and I thought it was a great run at York. Immediately afterwards, William nominated the Park Hill so we are very hopeful. I think the step back up in trip will definitely benefit her.

“She is doing really well in herself and every two weeks when I go and look at her you can see she is improving. As William says, she is thriving.

“It happens with fillies and when they start improving there is no stopping them. We are hoping she can do good things and she deserves to win a nice race.”

Heading up the entries is last year’s Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes heroine Seal Of Approval and three-time Group One runner-up Venus De Milo.

J Wonder headlines 24 entries for the Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes on the same card, with other notable names being Bragging Lucky Kristale and Kiyoshi.

The Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes is a possible target for Henry Candy’s Limato.