Bahhare to break Kelleway's dreams

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When Gay Kelleway tries to drop off at night and counts horses she never gets past one particular animal. The Whitcombe trainer has been training for only two years but she already has a colt she believes will be the best she will ever prepare. He is Musheer and his ability sends a frisson through his handler. "He's just unbelievably good," Kelleway said yesterday. "Some times I can't sleep at night thinking about him."

Musheer is so talented that he has to work with older horses and even they are stretched to keep up. "Russian Music can't get near him on the gallops," Kelleway said. "I'm not in the business of overrating horses but I'd advise anyone to back him at 25-1 for next year's Guineas."

Musheer, though, will have to be as good on turf as he is in Kelleway's mind when he encounters a richly gifted field in Doncaster's Champagne Stakes today. Whichever beast captures this contest is likely to be promoted to 2,000 Guineas favouritism, but a sobering thought is that Alhaarth collected this bauble last year before turning anticlimax into an art form.

Bahhare bears the Alhaarth colours of Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and was yesterday promoted to 8-1 favouritism for the Guineas by Ladbrokes. His form is as solid as an anvil as Equal Rights, whom he beat on his debut, went on to success in a Group Three event at the Curragh last month. There is no bum in the field either as the remaining runners - In Command, Reliquary and Revoque - are held in considerable esteem at their respective yards. In a race which will break several dreams BAHHARE (nap 3.35) is the best option.

Henry Cecil should plunder two races with colts who are overqualified for their missions. Storm Trooper (2.35) was elevated beyond his station after success in the Feilden Stakes at Newmarket on his seasonal debut but has now found company he should be able to bully. Bal Harbour (next best 3.05) has also kept company his mother would be proud of, finding only Carling too good in a Group Three race at Deauville last time. He is back among rascals in the Troy Stakes today.

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