Millisle given Commonwealth Cup target after 1000 Guineas flop

Millisle will drop back in trip for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot after finishing seventh in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Trainer Jessica Harrington is out for compensation with her Group 1 winning filly following that Classic disappointment.

“I do think she stayed a mile,” said Harrington who has had winners in Ireland since Millisle’s Guineas run.

“We will probably go to Royal Ascot now for the Commonwealth Cup. That looks the right race for her, and I certainly haven’t given up on her.”

That 6f Group 1 sprint for three-year-olds used to be the newest race at the royal meeting. That was until the announcement of an expanded schedule for this year published in May, however.

Analysis: Millisle out to follow Advertise

Jamie Clark, Editor

However adamant Harrington is about Millisle getting further, she ran no sort of race on the Rowley Mile. Regular jockey Shane Foley remained in Ireland, so as not to miss any Emerald Isle rides for the stable due to the quarantine situation.

Reading between the lines, Harrington criticised Oisin Murphy who got the leg up. Booking the reigning British champion Flat jockey isn’t a bad substitute really.

Murphy probably won’t partner Millisle again in the Commonwealth Cup. The fact that connections are looking at turning her out quickly again for that suggests, whatever Harrington says in public, there are some stamina doubts.

Martyn Meade did exactly the same thing with another Guineas flop, Advertise, 12 months ago. Just because the Phoenix Thoroughbreds colt failed to stay a mile didn’t mean they were no races to be won with him.

Advertise took the Commonwealth Cup and then Prix Maurice de Gheest over in France – one of the summer’s most valuable sprints.

I was in the Millisle will stay a mile camp before the Guineas, but got that call wrong. That is the life of a tipster, but nor should punters give up on this classy filly and she remains of interest.

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