Debutante’s Ball for first off featherweight in £250,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint


Newbury Racecourse is located one hour by train from London Paddington and hosts top-class flat and national hunt racing. (Pic: Courtesy of Newbury Racecourse).

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DEBUTANTE’S BALL looks to have a great chance off a featherweight in the £250,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint over five furlongs at Newbury on Saturday.

The Class 2 contest has attracted a field of 25 runners who are weighted in line with the price paid for them as yearlings when sold or bought-in at public auction at specified sales.

Colts and geldings are set 9st 3lb and fillies 8st 12lb (before penalties for winning races of Class 2 or higher). For each £5,000 paid under the maximum permitted price of £63,000 they get a 1lb allowance.

The conditions favour Debutante’s Ball, who made a winning debut at Chepstow in May and has been allotted just 8st 1b as she was bought by her trainer for a modest £6,000.

The daughter of Society Rock defied a slow start to score over five furlongs at Chepstow. She was then stepped up to Group 2 where she took on some of the best of her sex in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot where she was well beaten. The filly then pleased connections at her third start when fifth of seven in a Group 3 in France.

“Debutante’s Ball is in great form,” Moore said. “She won her maiden nicely and then ran well from a bad draw at Ascot.

“She ran a really good race in France in the Group 3, and has only got to carry 8st 1lb on Saturday. I think she will put up a big show.

“She won’t really mind the ground as it was good to soft when she won at Chepstow. She is tough, genuine filly who goes on any ground.

“I think it is a very open race this year. Corinthia Knight looks one of the standouts, as does Richard Fahey’s filly [post race favourite Maggies Angel], but there doesn’t seem to be a Tiggy Wiggy or Mrs Danvers (previous winners) in there.”

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