Champions Series dark horses: Poet’s Vanity
30 Jan 2017
The Andrew Balding-trained filly could be one to look out for in QIPCO 1000 Guineas and beyond
Poet’s Vanity puts her stamp on proceedings at Newmarket. Picture: FocusOnRacing.com
Trainer: Andrew Balding
Poet’s Vanity already has a Group 3 win to her name but is among the 20-1 chances for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.
Classic ambitions looked fanciful after Poet’s Vanity faded to finish fourth behind the Charlie Appleby-trained Wuheida, who was also making her debut, in a 7f maiden at Newmarket in August. That was no ordinary newcomers event, though, with the winner scoring in Group 1 company in France on her next start.
Poet’s Vanity looked a completely different proposition at Salisbury a month later – making all for an impressive ten-length win.
Andrew Balding then stepped her up to the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes, back at Newmarket, and despite racing a bit keenly – the front-running tactics were ditched – she kept on well to score by a length from the consistent Glitter Girl.
Balding’s post-race comments were revealing. “I haven’t got any better among the fillies,” he said. “I had to work her with a colt last week because she was demoralising our other fillies.”
He has suggested she could run in the Guineas without a prep race beforehand.
She has size/scope and the fact that she coped well with demands of the Rowley Mile course in the autumn also has to be a plus.
Oisin Murphy believes Salisbury winner Poet's Vanity,trained by Andrew Balding, can make her mark at a higher level. pic.twitter.com/98ShCC4tPO
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