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Sun Maiden has yet to deliver a big-race victory at Goodwood but she was fourth in this year’s Qatar Nassau Stakes and do not discount her flying the family flag on the Downs in 2020.
Her sire, Frankel, won two editions of the Sussex Stakes and her half-sister, Midday, landed a record three renewals of the Nassau Stakes between 2009-2011. Another of her half-sisters, Hot Snap, was also third in the 2013 renewal of the Nassau.
Making reference to her Goodwood-laden pedigree, Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, said with a smile: to Champions Series in July “Unfortunately they don’t give you a prize for that. Michael [Stoute] and his team have done great work on her as she was a little bit hormonal last year. It seems they have got her into a good rhythm and she’s progressed really well.
“She won a nice Listed race at Nottingham and then won a Group 3 at Newcastle, when the race was not run ideally run to suit her. The Tapeta was pretty heavy that day but she did it nicely enough and she deserves a crack at a big one. She’s a nice big, scopey filly.”
Sun Maiden finished third in last year’s Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot and returned to the Berkshire venue for her latest start, when a close third in the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute said: “We’re really pleased with her. She’s a very honest filly. A nice, progressive filly.”
Grimthorpe added: “She ran a blinder. She was drawn a little wide, settled in well, and had a pretty good run through. She’s probably run the best race of her life, really, which is fantastic.”
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