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Beaten in her first four starts, Journey made great strides and established herself as one of the best fillies in training.
With no Simple Verse to beat, and the ground quicker, she went one better in style in 2016 – zooming home by four lengths.
Trainer John Gosden said: “I said to Frankie, ‘just try to settle where you can’ and she’ll tell you when she’s happy, and he rode her beautifully. She showed great acceleration – she was just caught out last year when the ground was just too soft, but it was a marvellous effort given that she was beaten by the St Leger winner, Simple Verse.
“She’s a fabulous filly and has beaten an exceptional filly in Speedy Boarding, who won the Prix de l’Opera just 13 days ago. She is a bit quirky at home – she’s one of those fillies that you don’t argue with. She’s got her mind set on what she wants to do and you go with her – if you try and impose your will upon her she will quickly tell you what to do.”
A jubilant Dettori added: “She deserved a Group 1, she has been running so well. I can’t believe the turn of foot that she showed today and I am delighted for her. She picked up like she had roller skates! It was instantaneous. She’s not straightforward, but she keeps on winning so I like her!”
Journey began her 2017 campaign by finishing fifth to Highland Reel in the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom before going off 15-8 favourite for the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
In the latter race, she ran too bad to be true, beating only one home.
A second in the Prix Vermeille seemed to suggest she was peaking at just the right time for a third tilt at the Fillies & Mares Stakes but she faded to finish sixth – seemingly finding the testing ground too much for her.
She now apparently heads for stud.
BCS Career statistics
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