- Sire-Dam -
Found finished runner-up in all six QIPCO British Champions Series races she contested before being retired at the end of 2016. For a time it seemed she had passed the baton on to her stablemate, Rhododendron.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien said after her Guineas run: “Rhododendron didn’t get a clear run but it doesn’t always work out. She came home well and you would have to be delighted with her run even though she got beat.”
After Epsom, he said: “Ryan [Moore] just felt the last furlong was a long furlong on our filly. I would say that Rhododendron would be very happy going back down in trip.”
Rhododendron duly did drop back in distance for the French Oaks but she was pulled up before things got serious after bursting a blood vessel. Given a break, she finished seventh in the Matron Stakes next time but she was beaten under five lengths and not given a hard time.
The sympathetic ride she got that day was rewarded when she got back to winning ways in the Prix de l’Opera at Chantilly and she also did little wrong when runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Del Mar when drawn very wide.
On her return in 2018, she was fourth to Cracksman in the Prix Ganay at ParisLongchamp and then came a first success in the Champions Series as she pipped Lightning Spear by a head in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes.
Since then, she has not been at her best in the Queen Anne Stakes or Qatar Nassau Stakes but don’t write her off.
BCS Career statistics
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