Meehan’s six-year-old hasn’t been seen since winning the Cambridgeshire over this course and distance back in September of last year
TRAINER Brian Meehan expects Spark Plug to be fit enough to do himself justice in the bet365 Earl of Sefton Stakes at Newmarket on Wednesday.
The six-year-old was last seen winning last season’s Cambridgeshire over this course and distance in September.
But Meehan said: “We’ve done a lot of work with him and he’ll enjoy running on that ground.
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“He’s in great form and I’m really pleased with him.
“He’s looking great and he always goes well fresh in the spring – we’ve also been pretty busy with him at home.
“We’ll see how it goes, but he could go to Sandown towards the end of May after Newmarket.
“I don’t think there’s anything at Ascot for him. I’ve half a plan in my mind for him, but we’ll see how he gets on (in the Sefton) first.”
Viren’s Army and Folkswood have been busy in Dubai during the winter and will run for Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby.
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Appleby told www.godolphin.com: “Folkswood put up a career-best performance in the Jebel Hatta and seems in good order back in the UK.
“He is fit and well and I am confident he can bring his Dubai form to Newmarket where he has been successful previously.
“Folkswood went to the front last time because of his draw but he doesn’t need to lead. He will be ridden prominently and the quick ground will suit him on Wednesday.
“Viren’s Army is stepping back in trip, but he showed plenty of pace at Meydan so I don’t think nine furlongs will be a problem.
“As well as being successful in Dubai, he won the Dee Stakes at Chester last year and there is not much between these two horses.
“He, too, will be ridden prominently and I hope he can show his well-being again.”
Bravery has already excelled this spring, with victory in the Lincoln at Doncaster, and steps back into Pattern class on just his second start for North Yorkshire trainer David O’Meara.
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