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Beaten in her first four starts, Journey has since made great strides and is established as one of the best fillies in training.
Kicked for home with two furlongs to run under Frankie Dettori, she kept responding to the urgings of her jockey in the closing stages but was narrowly run down by the St Leger winner.
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.
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