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Morrison expects filly Shirocco Star to shine

Hughie Morrison is anticipating significant improvement from Shirocco Star (pictured) following her below-par return to action at Newmarket last weekend.

Never out of the frame in seven starts last season and placed in the English and Irish Oaks, the four-year-old was favourite for her comeback run in the Dahlia Stakes but faded to finish a well-beaten fifth.

Morrison feels his filly will be far better with that run under her belt, a comment which also applies to stable companion Coquet, who looked similarly below her best in a Goodwood Listed race on Saturday.

Morrison said: "They are both just behind everything else at the moment, it's as simple as that.

"I'm not prepared to push them at this early stage of this season.

"There will be many races for them later on in the season and I hope they'll both come on leaps and bounds for their first run.


"Coquet is a fast-ground filly and given how difficult it was for her with a wet summer last year, I wanted to run while the ground was right, just to get her out for a good gallop as much as anything.

"We'd be looking at early June before they run again. There is a Listed race at Haydock we'll look at."