12/04/2009 12:00AM

Classics contenders a varied bunch

Edward Whitaker/Racing Post
Jealous Again, winning the Group 2, five-furlong Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot back in June, has not raced since then. Now owned by Godolphin, she will likely be limited to sprints.

NEW YORK - Remember Jealous Again? It has been nearly six months since she set Royal Ascot alight with a five-length victory in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes, providing trainer Wesley Ward and America with their first group race triumph in England. Two weeks later, in early July, she was bought by Sheikh Mohammed from a consortium that included Ward, Robert Abrams, Ron Brewer, and Mitch Dutko, and turned over to Saeed bin Suroor at Godolphin, but hasn't been seen on a racecourse since.

Suroor had her entered in the Oct. 10 Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes over the same five-furlong course and distance as the Queen Mary. He expressed satisfaction about her condition at the time, but withdrew her on the eve of the race, stating that "she wasn't ready."

Despite her long absence, Jealous Again rates as one of the two best juvenile fillies to have run in Europe this year. Timeform rates her the best at 119, a pound better than Special Duty. The Racing Post has them reversed, rating Special Duty at 117 and Jealous Again 115. By comparison, the Racing Post gave She Be Wild a 115 mark for her victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

By Trippi out of a mare by Bold Ruckus, Jealous Again may be limited to sprint distances and so is probably not a viable candidate for the one-mile 1000 Guineas. Special Duty, on the other hand, has a very good chance of staying a mile and is, in fact, being pointed to the Newmarket Guineas by the Chantilly-based Criquette Head-Maarek, who trains her for Khalid Abdullah.

By Hennessy out of a mare by the miler Distant View, Special Duty beat colts in the 5 1/2-furlong, Group 2 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte on July 26, then was just a short neck second in Group 1 Prix Morny to the colt Arcano, who set a Deauville 2-year-old track record for six furlongs in the process. Special Duty didn't miss a beat, defeating fillies next time in Newmarket's six-furlong, Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes, repeating the 2007 victory of the French-trained Natagora, who would win the 1000 Guineas seven months later. Special Duty is likely to take the same route as Natagora, with a Guineas prep in the Group 3 Prix Imprudence.

Rosanara reminded some people of Zarkava when she won the one-mile, Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac on Oct. 4 at Longchamp, but this daughter of Sinndar, owned by the Aga Khan, lost some of her luster when she was only third to Jan Vermeer in the similarly conditioned Criterium International against colts at Saint-Cloud four weeks later. She may not have cared for the heavy ground that day but looks like a prospect for the 1o5/16-mile French Oaks.

Hibaayeb may have impressed when she won her maiden in the Group 1 Fillies Mile at Ascot, but there should be more to come from the runner-up, Lady Darshaan, who was struck by the winning rider's whip when challenging that day. A High Chaparral half-sister to Total Gallery, winner of the five-furlong, Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp, Lady Darshaan should stay at least a mile.

For a Group 1 winner, Termagant is very much under the radar. Trained by Kevin Prendergast, this Powerscourt filly is 2 for 2, winning a seven-furlong Leopardstown maiden race by two lengths over subsequent Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes winner Cabaret on good ground, then taking the seven-furlong Moyglare Stud Stakes on heavy ground at the Curragh, defeating Group 2 winner Lillie Langtry and Group 3 winner Long Lashes. Termagant goes on any type of ground and appears to have a bright future between 8 and 10 furlongs.

English and Irish Oaks prospects in recent years have remained largely unexposed at age 2. Timepiece, trained by Henry Cecil for Khalid Abdullah, is one of the more advanced of them at this stage. A Zamindar half-sister to Passage of Time, winner of the 1 1/4-mile, Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud as a juvenile, and to Father Time, winner of the 1 1/2-mile, Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes, Timepiece is a listed winner at Newmarket going a mile who will improve as the distances get longer.

Sagacious is certainly bred to stay 1o1/2 miles. By Arc winner Dalakhani, her Sadler's Wells dam, Sadima, is a half-sister to Pilsudski. Sagacious herself is a half-sister to three-time Arc runner-up Youmzain and to Creachadoir, winner of the one-mile, Group 1 Lockinge Stakes. Jim Bolger trained her to a half-length victory in a one-mile Curragh maiden on heavy ground on July 26, then put her away for the season in anticipation of bigger and better things next year.

La Divina is as unexposed as they come. By Sadler's Wells out of Hellenic, winner of the 1 1/2-mile, Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks and runner-up in the St. Leger, she is an unraced full sister to Islington, two-time winner of the Yorkshire Oaks and also victorious in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. The combination of her pedigree and her early work on the Newmarket gallops under the care of Michael Stoute has earned her an early 33-1 quote from William Hill for the English Oaks.