Champagne Stakes and the G1 First Lady Stakes
Exciting two-year-old colt Enticed steps up to G1 level in the Champagne Stakes over a mile on dirt at Belmont Park, USA, on Saturday, October 7.
The son of Medaglia d’Oro, who is out of Godolphin’s three-time G1 heroine It’s Tricky, stayed on powerfully to win a six-furlong maiden going away by a length and three quarters on his debut at Saratoga on September 4.
Junior Alvarado again partners the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained runner, who faces 11 other juveniles form stall four including G1 Hopeful Stakes fourth Firenze Fire, unbeaten non-graded winner Aveenu Malcainu and Saratoga maiden scorer Hazit.
Kiaran McLaughlin said: “It is a big step up from a maiden to G1, but there are not too many other suitable races to run in and Enticed is a colt that we like.
“We will see how he goes and will be very happy if he finishes in the first three.”
On the same card, Lucullan (Kiaran McLaughlin/Kendrick Carmouche) makes his Pattern debut in the G3 Hill Prince Stakes over nine furlongs on turf, the furthest he has tackled to date.
The three-year-old colt has won two of his three starts since switching to grass this year and gained a comfortable two-length victory in mile allowance race at Belmont Park on September 10.
Kiaran McLaughlin added: “Lucullan won impressively last time and likes the turf course at Belmont Park.
“We had the option of running him against older horses in another allowance race, but want to give him a try at this level against his own age.
“It’s a very strong G3, but this race will tell us where we stand with Lucullan.”
There are nine runners in the Hill Prince Stakes, led by G2 winners Frostmourne and Bricks And Mortar.
Dickinson returns to the scene of her greatest triumph for the G1 First Lady Stakes over a mile on turf at Keeneland, USA, on Saturday, October 7.
The five-year-old mare gained a breakthrough first G1 success in the Jenny Wiley Stakes over an extended mile at the Kentucky course in April, when she ran on strongly after meeting trouble in running to beat Lady Eli a head in a thrilling finish.
Dickinson finished third in the mile G1 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park in June and has been behind Lady Eli at Saratoga on her two subsequent starts, most recently when coming home second in the G2 Ballston Spa Stakes over an extended mile on August 26.
Her trainer Kiaran McLaughlin commented: “Dickinson is doing very well and likes going two turns around Keeneland.
“I hope there is a bit of speed in the race. There was no pace in the Ballston Spa, so we had to make the running, but hopefully we can sit second or third this time and then make our run.
“This is not an easy spot – no G1 races are – but we expect her to run well.”
Dickinson, with Paco Lopez in the saddle as usual and drawn six, opposes six fillies and mares headed by G1 Beverly D Stakes runner-up Dona Bruja, Belmont Park G2 scorer Hawksmoor and Ballston Spa Stakes third Roca Rojo.