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Miller revs up team for Ascot summer
Miller revs up team for Ascot summer

Darlington Abbey is only two weeks away from trialling as trainer Simon Miller begins to rev up his team for the Ascot summer carnival.

The quality filly, a brilliant winner of the Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic (1100m) and Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) in February and March, will join Miss Solis and Hard Ball Get as Miller's top contenders for three-year-old features.

Miss Solis, a gutsy third to Luke's Luck in the Karra-katta Plate (1200m) in March, is about a month away from trialling.

Darlington Abbey and Miss Solis will be set for the Belgravia Stakes (1200m) and Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) in October, with the latter pressing on to the Champion Fillies' Stakes (1600m) in November.

Hard Ball Get, unbeaten from two starts at Belmont Park last month, will be saved for the Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) and Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic (1400m) in November and December.

"I'm not sure how far Darlington Abbey will run distance wise so we'll reassess her after the Belgravia and Burgess," Miller said.

"She'll have a run or two before the Belgravia. She'd get a lot of weight but we can use a claiming apprentice."

Miller, who finished fourth behind Adam Durrant in the trainers' premiership with 32½ city wins last season, also has top mare Power Princess set for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on Super Saturday, November 24.

Rejuvenated galloper Bombora will tackle the $80,000 Farnley Stakes (1400m) on September 3 before heading to Kalgoorlie for the $130,000 Hannan's Handicap (1400m) on September 14.

·Jockey Duncan Miller returns to riding at Belmont tomorrow after cutting short his stint in Malaysia.

He is booked to ride Miki Two Shoes for his mother Sharon Miller in the Westspeed 3YO Handicap (1000m).

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