Mahmood Al Zarooni believes that his charge Pimpernel (5/1 to win the Nell Gwyn Stakes) will benefit from the drop back in distance in what promises to be another informative renewal of the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket later today. Pimpernel won four times during her juvenile year and ran well twice in Dubai last month, chasing home stablemate Gamilati in the UAE 1000 Guineas before placing fifth in the UAE Oaks.
Regarding her chances today Zarooni said “Pimpernel is in good form. She ran twice in Dubai and ran well, but I think coming back to seven furlongs will suit her better. She is in good form and working well. Frankie Dettori knows the filly well and I hope she can run a good race. If she can perform well, the 1000 Guineas would be a possibility for her."
The Godolphin trainer enjoyed a spectacular campaign in 2011, saddling Blue Bunting to win the 1000 Guineas and Irish Oaks, while he also struck at Group One level with Rewilding and Lyric Of Light. He has enjoyed a terrific start to this year, winning last month's Dubai World Cup with Monterosso, and he is now looking forward to saddling his first major runners of the new season in Britain.