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Oliver eyes Newmarket prize with his star 'Rose'

A YEAR on from Lightening Pearl's groundbreaking Group One coup for Ger Lyons, tomorrow's Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket will see Sendmylovetorose attempt to secure a first triumph at the top table for Tyrone's Andy Oliver.

Having brought her unbeaten run over six furlongs to three in the Group Two Cherry Hinton on Newmarket's July course, Sendmylovetorose reverts to that trip on the Rowley equivalent tomorrow after disappointing over seven in the Moyglare Stud Stakes earlier in the month.

As big as 11/1 for Group One glory, she will be ridden by regular partner Colm O'Donoghue, with Johnny Murtagh aboard the second favourite Rosdhu Queen (9/2) for William Haggas.

In the day's other Group One, the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes, Joseph O'Brien will be pushing his body to the limit to do the allocated 8st 13lb on recent dual Curragh winner Up (10/1), which will be joined in the one-mile contest by Kevin Prendergast's 25/1 shot La Collina.

A 33/1 winner of the Phoenix Stakes in 2011, Declan McDonogh's mount ran her best race of the year when fifth in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown two weeks ago.

Afonso De Sousa will bid for a fourth Ballydoyle triumph in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes since 2006, while McDonogh will partner Joanna Morgan's Moran Gra (40/1) in the Cambridgeshire, the sole Irish-based runner in the prestigious handicap.

Tom Mullins, meanwhile, has revealed that Alderwood, arguably the single most improved hurdler in training last season, will switch to fences this term.

Clinging

Successful in a Killarney maiden hurdle in May 2011, the JP McManus-owned eight-year-old won just twice more at Killarney in his next six starts, before clinging on desperately to secure his handler a famous first Cheltenham Festival victory in the County Hurdle in March.

He then bagged a Grade Two at Fairyhouse, en route to producing another game performance to take the Grade One Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.

"He's back working away and he'll start schooling next week," Mullins said of his stable star.

"If all goes well, the plan is to go straight over fences with him. Anyone who has ridden him has always said he'd make a lovely chaser."

Mullins, who confirmed that the smart hurdler Tavern Times remains sidelined by injury, also reported that McManus has purchased Some Article, his facile winner of the valuable Goffs Land Rover Bumper on his debut at the Punchestown Festival.

"He'll probably start off in a maiden hurdle at the end of October and we'll go from there," he added of the Definite Article gelding.

"He is a good jumper and potentially could be a very nice horse."

At Perth, Gordon Elliot saddled his fourth winner at the Scottish track in two days when the Jason Maguire-ridden Romanesco -- backed from 11/1 into 6/1 -- ran out a three-length victor in the novices' handicap hurdle.

On a day of some other near misses for the raiders, Elliott's Carlito Brigante was collared late on under Davy Russell in the novice chase by Aneyeforaneye, with Russell also having to settle for second on the stable's Beef To The Heels in the novice hurdle.

Denise Foster's Rockazar, likewise, came out second best in the two-mile handicap hurdle.

Irish Independent