Cheveley Park Runner-Up The Mackem Bullet Eyeing Breeders’ Cup Trip

Brian Ellison is eyeing a trip to the Breeders’ Cup with The Mackem Bullet, who was beaten a neck by Fairyland in a thrilling finish to the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes.

The pair filled the first two places in the Lowther Stakes at York last time and that form was upheld in the 6f Group 1, as Donnacha O’Brien and Oisin Murphy fought out another close finish.

The Mackem Bullet was purchased by Japanese owner Katsumi Yoshida following her York run and Brian Ellison is now looking ahead to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ race at Churchill Downs at the end of November.

Ellison said: “I’m delighted. You come to these races knowing these are the best fillies in the country. I’m over the moon and obviously she is a good filly. She ran well in her last run three starts back at Ascot (when third to Angel’s Hideaway), and Oisin [Murphy] said he had too much daylight running into the wind. Then she ran at York (Lowther Stakes) and was fantastic and we were beaten twice by a very good horse in Fairyland.

“She is a big filly when you look at the rest of them. She will make a lovely three-year-old.

“Oisin said she is crying out for a mile – he said she got outpaced into The Dip and then she was staying on. When he rode her at Ascot, he said she needed seven furlongs and today he said she was crying out for a mile.

“We will have to see what the new owners think about the Guineas, but the Breeders’ Cup is on the agenda. That would be a first runner in the Breeders’ Cup for me – she is the best filly I have trained. She is uncomplicated, you don’t have to over-work her.

“Mr. Yoshida having horses with the yard is great – I just hope he’ll send me some more! After York we had about 10 or 15 offers and she went to the highest bidder.”

Murphy added: “She is a lovely physical specimen and it is great that Mr. Katsumi Yoshida is involved in this stable and purchased the filly.

“He is one of the biggest owners in Japan, so to have a horse with Brian Ellison is fantastic.

“It is great for the stable and Brian has done a great job with the filly, who she has improved with each run. She was second in a Group Two at York, second in a Group One today and that Lowther form stands up. I think she will certainly be suited by stepping up in distance.”

So Perfect was half a length back in third for the Aidan O’Brien team under Seamus Heffernan.

O’Brien said: “She ran a nice race and we might run her again this season.”

Michael Bell was not too disappointed with unplaced favourite Pretty Pollyanna, who appeared a little keen early on under Silvestre de Sousa.

Her trainer, Michael Bell, said: “She hasn’t run a bad race, but obviously hasn’t run as well as we’d hoped.

“She wasn’t keen, but Silvestre did take her back which, in hindsight, was the wrong thing to do because she got beat.

“So where we go, I’m not sure. She has an entry in the Fillies’ Mile but obviously we will talk to Tim and Bill Gredley and see what to do.”

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