- Sire-Dam -
Found finished runner-up in all six QIPCO British Champions Series races she contested before being retired at the end of 2016. Has she got an unfortunate successor in stablemate Rhododendron?
The emphatic winner of the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in the autumn now seems likely to try her luck over 1m2f.
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.
BCS Career statistics
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