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Firebeam bidding for Group race glory

Overbury Stud graduate heads to Newmarket for the Criterion Stakes 29 June 2012

 

Firebeam is bidding for his first Pattern race success in the £55,000 Group 3 John Sunley Memorial Criterion Stakes (3.35pm), which is the highlight on a competitive seven-race card at Newmarket on Saturday.

Bred by Dukes Stud and Overbury Stallions Ltd, the four-year-old son of Cadeaux Genereux is trained in Newmarket by William Haggas, and is one of eight runners in the seven-furlong contest.

He had made an eye-catching return in the Listed Spring Trophy over the same trip at Haydock, when beaten a neck into second by Group 2 winner Red Jazz, after travelling well throughout.

Harry Herbert, managing director of owner Highclere Thoroughbred Racing's Blue Peter Syndicate, said: "I spoke to William (Haggas) yesterday morning and Firebeam seems in very good form.

"This looks like his ideal trip and ground, so it should be the right race for him given where he is ratings wise and everything else. It's a highly competitive race, but he seems really well and Hayley Turner takes the ride.

"Firebeam had to make his own running in France last time and it wasn't entirely satisfactory the way the race was run, but I think back here he will get into a better rhythm.

"He has won from the front and coming from the back so I think Hayley (Turner) will ride him how she finds him, but he will probably be nearer the front than the back because that is his style of racing.

"He is in great form and he is a horse we have always felt would be capable of winning a nice race and hopefully this will be his day."

It will be Turner's first ride on three-time winner Firebeam, who before his Longchamp run had never finished out of the first three.