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Qemah class can tell at Lingfield

Qemah should make a winning start to the season in the Betfred ‘Supports Jack Berry House’ Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield this afternoon

QEMAH should be the star of the show at Lingfield as she makes her seasonal bow in the Betfred ‘Supports Jack Berry House' Chartwell Fillies' Stakes.

Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget has already set his sights on a return to Royal Ascot, where Qemah recorded one of two Group One victories in last year's Coronation Stakes.

That verdict was certainly no flash in the pan either as the daughter of Danehill Dancer had already placed at the highest level as a juvenile and followed home the top-class La Cressonniere when third in the French Guineas last May.

Conditions were on the easy side at Ascot, but Qemah showed she does not have to have cut when following up on good ground in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville before eventually coming unstuck on her final outing of the year when third in the Matron at Leopardstown.

Slowly away and a bit too keen that day, Qemah never looked like winning, but that race came at the end of long season and she can be forgiven a minor slip.

Rouget will obviously not have his charge fully keyed up for this, but even accounting for that and the fact she is dropping back to seven furlongs, Qemah has upwards of 8lb in hand on each of her rivals and should not be beaten.

Sir John Lavery is another likely to be a short price as he bids to book his Epsom ticket in the Betfred Derby Trial.

He appeared to be in a different league to his rivals when winning by seven lengths at Gowran last October on what was just his second start.

Hailing from the family of Hawk Wing, he is an obvious choice for this race.

Camerone might not have such clear-cut claims in the Betfred Mobile Oaks Trial Fillies' Stakes but it is always dangerous to ignore a Ralph Beckett-trained runner in this race.

Beckett seems to favour this event with his true Oaks contenders, with Look Here finishing second in 2008 before claiming Epsom glory while Secret Gesture won the race in 2013 before being edged out by a stablemate in the main event.

Much like those two fillies, Camerone has not been overly tested yet, clocking up just two juvenile runs in the later stages of the season, winning a moderate event at Brighton on the second of those outings.

The form of that race is open to question, but Camerone really caught the eye as she got a bit outpaced mid-race before staying on with real purpose all the way to the line.

Middle distances seem a natural progression for her and given that dual Group One winner Flotilla is among her siblings, the class is certainly in the pedigree.

Fastnet Tempest made a satisfactory return when third at Newbury last month and can land a nice early-season prize in the totescoop6 Victoria Cup at Ascot.

Beaten just half-a-length in the Spring Cup, he possibly hit the front a bit too early that day and waiting a fraction longer to launch his challenge can pay dividends here.

UAE Prince is a horse on the up and can take the next step up the ladder with Listed gold in the Carey Group Buckhounds Stakes.

Winner of a Ripon handicap on his return, Roger Varian has found a nice opportunity here with next month's Hardwicke Stakes in mind.

Varian should also be on the mark with Imtiyaaz in the Kilvington Stakes at Nottingham following a fair effort at Bath on her return.

Haydock's annual mixed card is always a decent spectacle and Multiculture is the one to be on in the Swinton Hurdle.

Philip Hobbs' runner has won three of his four starts this term, prevailing by a distance at short odds on his last two outings.

This Grade Three represents a much tougher test, but Multiculture is unexposed and can make use of his relatively light weight.

Nap: Qemah

(3.40: Lingfield)

Double: Sir John Lavery

(2.30: Lingfield)

Treble: Camerone

(1.55: Lingfield)

Yankee: Fastnet Tempest

(4.00: Ascot)

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