x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Misheer eyeing Breeders' Cup spot

Misheer, the Emirati-owned filly, could book herself a place in the Breeders' Cup if she performs well on Sunday at the Curragh.

Misheer, ridden by Neil Gallan, right, wins the Langleys Solicitors EBF Marygate Stakes at York Racecourse.
Misheer, ridden by Neil Gallan, right, wins the Langleys Solicitors EBF Marygate Stakes at York Racecourse.

Misheer, the Emirati-owned filly, could book herself a place in the Breeders' Cup if she can proved her credentials in Sunday's Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh. Trained by the evergreen 75-year-old Clive Brittain, Misheer, owned by Saeed Manana, must win the seven furlong contest if she is to be guaranteed a place in the November 6, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at America's Santa Anita track. Two-year-old Misheer, an Oasis Dream filly and half-sister to Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid's likely 2,000 Guineas contender, Arcano, gave notice of her talent when winning the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket in July. Stepping up to six furlongs and fully recovered from a back problem that had curtailed her training when beaten into second by new Godolphin charge, Jealous Again at Royal Ascot, she got the better of another Sheikh Hamdan-owned runner, the Group Three Albany Stakes winner, Habaayib, at Newmarket. Now Misheer and the Newmarket-based Brittain turn their attention to Ireland and the Curragh where they will step up again to the further distance of seven furlongs and face the might of Aidan O'Brien's two-year-old fillies. "She is a good filly and is in very good form, so hopefully she stays that way for Sunday," said the handler, who might also consider stepping her up to a mile for the 1,000 Guineas next season. "I think once we get the Moyglare over with I would be looking at the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket." If Misheer stands up to the seven furlongs and follows up in the Chevely Park Stakes, she will be tracing the footsteps of another Brittain-trained and UAE-owned filly, Sayyedati who won both races for Brittain and owner, Mohammed Obaida, back in 1992. "That would be a possible route," said Brittain, "Her options are open after that, so it would be up to the owner if he wants her to go to the Breeders' Cup. "I think the 'win and you're in' is a good initiative. Anything that promotes racing in this sort of way is a good thing and it is a positive move by the Breeders' Cup." The Manana and Brittain partnership combined to devastating effect at Ascot last month, scoring wins in a juvenile Listed contest with Nideeb, ridden by Ryan Moore, and a shock victory with Al Muheer, under jockey Seb Sanders, in the seven furlong, Abu Dhabi International Stakes.