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Wuheida was a big Classic hope for 2017 after landing the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly last October on only her second start, having won in fine style on her debut.
However, she did not make it to Newmarket or Epsom after suffering a stress fracture to her right hind leg in April.
She had to spend time on the sidelines, but showed that she still retained her ability with a fine runner-up effort to Roly PolyTattersalls Falmouth Stakes under William Buick at Newmarket’s July meeting on her belated return.
Despite going down a length and a quarter, the steady early pace was not to the detriment of the 3-1 shot in the one-mile fillies’ contest, according to trainer Charlie Appleby.
He said: “If she had been fitter, I would have preferred a more testing gallop, as that what she has been used to, but for today it was perfect.”
Options are open for the Dubawi filly and the Godolphin trainer added: “She felt like she has got a bit quicker than last year so we may continue to look for a mile option for her. I was thinking we might go 10-furlongs beforehand, but we might stay around a mile. Let’s see how she is tomorrow morning.
“I still had it in my mind we would go to be going forward for the Nassau (over 1m2f at Goodwood), but with a filly like her, I just want to get her back and see her sound.
“She doesn’t mind quickish ground. Good ground would obviously be perfect, but I couldn’t have been happier with that. They have not gone a searching gallop, which has suited her, it is in her fashion for her first run and William said she travelled into it so well and just gone for her girth there at the one-pole.
“She is a filly I have been patient with and I’m looking forward to the second half of the season now. She has shown she retains that ability she showed as a two-year-old.”
Jockey William Buick added: “That was a very good run and she’s entitled to improve a lot for that. It turned into something of a sprint, but we were always in the right place.”
Wuheida subsequently suffered finished a close fourth in Group 1 company in Ireland and France before hitting the jackpot with victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Del Mar.
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