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The daughter of exciting French stallion Siyouni changed hands for £220,000 as a yearling and improved throughout 2017, taking the Group 2 May Hill Stakes at Doncaster before holding off the late lunge of September by a nose in the Fillies’ Mile.
And she picked up from where she left off on her return in 2018 when beating all bar Billesdon Brook in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, having previously had a racecourse gallop at Newcastle.
Karl Burke, her trainer, expected nothing less. In the build-up, he said: “She’s got a big chance. Her two-year-old form was very good and if anything I think she has improved on that. She’s a well-balanced filly for one who is so big and who has such a massive stride.
Burke and jockey P.J. McDonald were immediately looking ahead after her second in the fillies’ Classic.
The Leyburn handler said: “Take nothing away from our filly. She is a very high-class. She has gone a fantastic gallop and I’m pretty sure we will go straight to the Prix de Diane now.
“The extra two-and-a-half furlongs will be ideal. She is so honest and I’m delighted. The trip is the key. I think she is crying out for further, although she is not slow.
“If she’d have won today, we might have gone to the Irish Guineas. We’ll sleep on it. She is in it, but she is also in the Coronation. However, I think everybody, when we sit down and discuss it, will be in favour of stepping up in trip.”
McDonald added: “She has run an absolute blinder. It was just that faster ground that caught her out. We just needed a little bit of cut. She travelled beautifully but just when I let her down, she was feeling that ground a bit and she changed legs a couple of times.
“She has a great attitude and a will to win. She put her head between her legs and she galloped right out. There are plenty of big days in her. She will go straight to the French Oaks, I should imagine.”
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