Sir Michael Stoute’s Noon Star looking to eclipse the Middleton Stakes at York

Sir Michael Stoute had one of the favourites for the 2021 Epsom Oaks in Noon Star but Snowfall got in the way. Now Noon Star is back to prove her talent in the Middleton Stakes at York on Thursday.

Juddmonte's useful Galileo filly Noon Star is to return to take on the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Middleton Fillies' Stakes at York on Thursday, May 12.

One of the favourites for last year's Epsom Oaks, Noon Star had her shimmer dulled by the superb Snowfall on the Knavesmire and then only appeared once more in 2021 when sixth in the Ribblesdale at Ascot.

Yet, the four-year-old returned to the fold at Nottingham in April of this year, beating Martyn Meade's Technique by a head in the Nottinghamshire Oaks.

"Noon Star is a very ordinary home-worker but went and won a race which her rating indicated she should be able to win," said Stoute.

"She'll have to improve from that. It's a very tight, open race. The handicapper's figures are very, very similar."

Meanwhile, Barry Mahon, representing owner-breeders Juddmonte, is hoping the Nottingham victory is the start of a renaissance.

He said: "She started the year with a bang winning her stakes race, which is important.

"Obviously this is a big step up into Group Two class, but Sir Michael felt she came out of that race well and Ryan (Moore) was happy with her, so this seems a good, natural fit for her.

"Hopefully she'll have progressed, she was off the track for a long while (over 300 days), so you'd hope there would be natural progression from the last run to this one.

"The horse she beat is solid, so we're happy and hoping she can progress again.

"They always do a beautiful job with the ground at York so there should be no worries on the score and hopefully she'll run a good race."

The Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Middleton Fillies' Stakes takes place at York racecourse on Thursday, May 12. The Group 2 race is run over one mile, two and a half furlongs and is worth £79,394 to the winner on the Knavesmire.

Six runners are due to go to post with Sir Michael Stoute's fellow runner Ville De Grace leading the market, followed by Ger Lyons' Irish raider Thunder Kiss, a dominant winner of a listed race last time out at Cork.

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