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2019 Middle Park Stakes news - Quotes from connections ahead of 'race of the season' at Newmarket

The runners in last year's Middle Park Stakes.

We bring you the latest quotes from the connections of the leading candidates in what promises to be a vintage renewal of the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

Saturday's card at Newmarket features a whole host of fantastic races, including the Cheveley Park Stakes, the Royal Lodge and the lucrative Cambridgeshire Handicap. The main event on Saturday, however, will be the Middle Park Stakes, where three Group One winner and a number of other talented colts will clash on the Rowley Mile.

Ahead of what could be the race of the flat season so far, we've gathered some important quotes as connections discuss their runners in this sensational renewal of the Middle Park.

2019 Middle Park Stakes Quotes

Andre Fabre speaking to the Jockey Club about Earthlight (2/1 Unibet)...

“Earthlight is in good shape, I am very happy with him. He’s never had a setback and is an easy, sound horse."
“His Prix Morny victory has been highly rated but the soft ground was a factor and may have changed things. He has won on fast and soft, so the ground is not a real concern for him."
“Some of his opposition in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes, the likes of Siskin and Mums Tipple, look like they may have a little more speed than him as he is the type of colt who might be able to stay a bit further next year."
“Earthlight is not the most balanced horse, he carries his head a bit low, so his ability to handle Newmarket’s undulations will be something that we will have to discover on Saturday."

Jockey Oisin Murphy speaking about Mum's Tipple (3/1 Paddy Power) with the Racing Post...

"Mums Tipple is a lovely horse. He won very nicely the first day and then won well at York. I hope he can run another big race.

"On ratings he's run to a very high level and deserves his chance. It would be nice to land a big race on him. I just hope the weather is kind as he's won very nicely on fast ground twice, so it would be good if we got decent ground at Newmarket."

Murphy, who was aboard for Mums Tipple's debut win at Ascot before Ryan Moore took over at York, added: "Richard is very happy with him and the owners [Marian Lyons and Patricia Zanelli] have been very good to me."

Ger Lyons talking to the Irish Times about Siskin (9/2 Ladbrokes)...

“Touch wood everything is good and I couldn’t be happier with him. We are running into the bigger horses now though. But I couldn’t be happier with my lad,”

“He doesn’t show a lot at home but he seems in a good place right now. Hopefully he gets there in one piece,”

Richard Hannon discusses Threat (11/1 Unibet) with Sky Sports Racing...

"Threat has done it right at that level with penalties. He's a very good horse and has been massively overlooked, in my opinion."

"I think Threat is more than solid. He's won a Gimcrack and a Champagne and was only just beaten in a Coventry and a Richmond."

"He's danced every dance and has been bang there - and it looks to me like he's getting better."

"It's probably the best Middle Park we've seen for years, and so it should be."

"Siskin is a very good horse and Earthlight is a very good horse. Hopefully we don't get too much of a change of ground and both of our horses, Threat and Mums Tipple, are in great form."
Aidan O'Brien talks about his two runners with the Racing Post...

Monarch Of Egypt (9/1 Paddy Power)

"He had a setback earlier in the summer and he's been progressing since then. We've been happy with his progression and he seems in very good form."

"He seems to handle all sorts of ground but he is a fast horse, so the better the ground, the better he will like it."

Lope Y Fernandes (12/1 Unibet)

"I thought Lope Y Fernandez looked very happy back at six when winning at the Curragh. He seemed to really enjoy himself over that trip and we're going to let him take his chance in the Middle Park along with Monarch Of Egypt,"

Clive Cox discusses Golden Horde's (20/1 Ladbrokes) chances with The Sun...

"He’s in great form and has taken real positive steps since winning the Richmond where he beat Threat who has kept franking the form."

"He followed that with a really nice run in the Prix Morny and we are very happy with him. The ground was probably against him in the Morny, one of the juvenile races of the season so far. But he put in a very stylish performance there."

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