09/08/2009 11:00PM

Misheer a solid Choice at Doncaster


Misheer, mentioned by trainer Clive Brittain as a possible for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, will go off as the solid favorite in the Group 2, $132,000, Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster on Friday. Scratched from the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on Aug. 30 because of heavy ground, Misheer, winner of the six-furlong Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes will face nine rivals in the five-furlong Flying Childers, most notably listed five-furlong Roses Stakes winner Star Rover.

In the Group 2, $132,000 May Hill Stakes at a mile for 2-year-old fillies, Luca Cumani and Kieren Fallon will team up with Seta. The 8-length winner of a seven-furlong Newmarket maiden in her August 1 debut, the Pivotal filly will be tested by seven-furlong, Group 3 Prix du Calvados runner-up Virginia Hall.

* Gitano Hernando was scratched from Wednesday's 1 1/4-mile, 60-yard conditions race at Doncaster, ostensibly because trainer Marco Botti did want to risk him on good to firm ground. In his absence, the race went to the 4-6 favorite, Twice Over, a Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed Henry Cecil-trainee who beat Serva Jugum by 1 3/4 lengths. Botti said that Gitano Hernando could use either a 1 1/16-mile allowance on the Wolverhampton Polytrack on Sept. 17 or a 1 1/8-mile turf race at Newbury two days later as a prep for Dundalk's Oct. 2 Diamond Stakes, which is a Win And You're In affair for the Breeders' Cup Marathon.

* Michael Channon announced on Wednesday that Paco Boy would not run again this year, and so will miss a defense of his Prix de la Foret title at Longchamp on Oct. 3 and a meeting with Goldikova. Channon also said that his six-length Group 2 Coventry Stakes winner, Canford Cliffs, most recently a half-length third to Arcano in the Group 1 Prix Morny, would also be put away for the remainder of the season.