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Prescott confirms Hooray and Motrice Royal Ascot participation


The shrewder than shrewd Sir Mark Prescott has confirmed that both his smart sprinter Hooray and exciting young stayer Motrice are intended runners at next week's glittering Royal Ascot five-day racing spectacular, writes Elliot Slater.

Last term Hooray proved herself just about the best juvenile filly in the country, winning the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York in August before following up in the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes at Kempton the following month. The daughter of Invincible Spirit then put up her best performance of the season when slamming Rimth by four-and-a-half lengths to win the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in October in superb fashion. Anyone thinking about placing a Royal Ascot bet on her would have been very impressed.

Only eighth to Blue Bunting on her seasonal reappearance in the 1000 Guineas, Hooray dropped back a furlong at Epsom last week and duly bounced back to form with a comfortable success in the Listed Surrey Stakes. Prescott confirmed the Cheveley Park-owned filly is set to take her chance in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes on the final day of the royal meeting, a race for which she is currently on general offer at 16/1 in the Royal Ascot betting.

At the other end of the distance scale Prescott is intending to throw last season's highly progressive stayer Motrice in at the deep end and let her take hers chance against the likes of Rite Of Passage and Fame And Glory in the coveted Ascot Gold Cup next Thursday. Last term the four-year-old Motivator filly rattled up a hat trick of handicap successes (having started last term on a mark of 59) before stepping up in class to finished third in the Group 2 Doncaster Cup and runner-up in the Group 3 Jockey Club Cup, ending the campaign with a rating of 108!

Motrice, who makes her seasonal bow at the royal fixture, is currently quoted at up to 33/1 to win the feature event for mares.

 

 

 

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