09/07/2009 11:00PM

Shemima heads Park Hill


The Group 2, $164,000 Park Hill Stakes at 1 3/4 miles, 132 yards is widely regarded as the filly and mare equivalent of the classic St. Leger Stakes. Thursday's renewal at Doncaster is a wide-open affair in which at least half of the 11 runners have a reasonable chance of victory.

Shemima, invading from France for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre, signaled her liking for the distance when she beat colts in the 1 7/8-mile, Group 3 Prix de Lutece last September. This season she has won the 1 1/4-mile, Group 3 Prix Allez France and finished a half-length third versus males in the 1 3/4-mile, Group 2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil. A 4-year-old daughter of Dalakhani, she has been running against better stayers than her Park Hill rivals and is the selection with Christophe Soumillon aboard.

Sesenta is stepping up in class after beating males in York's 1 3/4-mile Ebor Handicap and will pick up the services of Kieren Fallon, who rode three winners at Folkestone on Monday. Sevenna is a danger for Henry Cecil off her victory in Goodwood's 1 3/4-mile, Group 3 Lillie Langtry Stakes, from which the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers, Cassique Lady, Victoria Montoya and Princess Taylor, all reoppose. The John Oxx-trained Tanoura won the listed 1 1/2-mile Galtres Stakes at York last month, while Perfect Truth, winner of the Cheshire Oaks for Aidan O'Brien in May, could be the value play.

* In the listed seven-furlong Sceptre Stakes, George Strawbridge's highly regarded Fantasia runs for the first time since her disappointing seventh in the French Oaks on June 14. The seven-length winner of the seven-furlong, Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes in April, she has also been third in the French 1000 Guineas. Trained by Luca Cumani, she will be ridden by Kieren Fallon in an effort to dethrone last year's Sceptre winner Royal Confidence.