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Wachman goes local with Meow in Listed

Queen Mary Stakes runner-up Meow will return to her local track Tipperary early next month.

Trainer David Wachman plans to aim slightly lower for the filly's next run despite her fine effort in the Group Two at Royal Ascot, where two necks divided her, the winner Maqaasid and third-placed Ladies Are Forever.

Wachman trains at Cashel and sent Meow to his nearby venue for her previous start, when she won a maiden extremely easily.

"There's a Listed race at Tipperary on Sunday week (Danehill Dancer Tipperary Stakes) and that's where she'll go," said Wachman.

William Buick has needed to wait a while, but in this Saturday's Coral-Eclipse he will finally get his second chance to ride Dar Re Mi.

John Gosden's mare, owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber, has already mixed it with the very best in middle-distance company and is second favourite behind Twice Over for the Sandown Group One.

Fifth to Sea The Stars in last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and third to Conduit in the Breeders' Cup Turf, Dar Re Mi returned this year with victory in the Dubai Sheema Classic.

Rising star Buick had not long been appointed stable jockey to the powerful Gosden operation and netting the near-£2million contest was a dream start for the partnership in late March.

Dar Re Mi has missed a couple of options and steps back onto the course against the likes of Prince of Wales's Stakes runner-up Twice Over and Zacinto, who steps up from a mile for the first time.

"She's a stable star, an exceptional filly," said Buick. "What she did in Dubai was top class and it was a great experience for me. She is back down to a mile and a quarter for the first time in a while but I think she has a good chance."

Kieren Fallon has been booked by Mark Johnston to ride Jukebox Jury, who was well behind Dar Re Mi in Dubai and has struggled in other domestic Group One events despite thriving abroad.

Fallon has won the Eclipse twice before, aboard Medicean in 2001 and Oratorio in 2005.

"Jukebox Jury may have finished one place ahead of Twice Over in last year's Coral-Eclipse, but the betting suggests that Kieren Fallon will need to be at his very best to confirm that running on Saturday," said Coral's David Stevens.

John Best's hat-trick-seeking Kingsgate Choice is unlikely to take up his engagement in Saturday's Coral Charge at Sandown.

The Choisir colt has been hugely impressive in handicaps at Ffos Las and Windsor but while Best does feel his charge has a bright future, he is not keen on pitching him in at the deep end just yet.

"He's been very impressive and he's going to keep getting better," said Best. "He is in the Group Three on Saturday but he's unlikely to go there and he will probably run in a handicap at Newmarket next week.

"If he's got a bit of something in hand with the handicapper, he might as well run in a handicap as run in the group race as I don't really want to be taking on horses rated 110 just yet.

"There is also a race at Ascot a couple of days later so it will be either Newmarket or Ascot and if he wins that, we've earmarked a Listed race at Deauville or possibly a race at the Shergar Cup meeting. He's a horse who is going to take a bit of time but I think he could be very good."


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