The last seven days have been all about girl power, as seven of our eight runners were fillies, including Brodie (pictured) and Gorgeous Noora who kept our tally ticking over with wins in maidens at Lingfield and Wolverhampton respectively. Normandie Stud’s three year old Brodie has improved with each start and showed a fantastic attitude when getting up late over a mile and a half last Friday, responding generously to Jimmy Fortune’s urgings. She looks a filly with plenty of improvement left in her over that distance and further and she now heads for the December Breeding Stock Sale at Tattersalls where she will be joined by Farandine and Haggle.
Two year old Gorgeous Noora was a first winner trained at Bedford House for owners Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar when making all over six furlongs on Saturday. Unfortunately, Gorgeous Noora’s race was marred by the fatal fall of Exceedingly Sweet, and our sympathies go to her connections, but we would like to think she would have still have won under different circumstances. Gorgeous Noora was very professional as she grabbed the lead in a matter of strides and always appeared in command under Adam Kirby. She has a rather mixed pedigree being by Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven’s Pass out of a half-sister to high class sprinter Muthmir, but we feel she is a sprinter (though may stay seven furlongs in time) based on both her physique and demeanour. Apple Tree Stud’s Denver Spirit again showed some ability when seventh in Gorgeous Noora’s race and should be competitive in handicaps after one more run next year.
Rosental ran well under the circumstances when third in the Group 3 Prix Fille de l’Air at Toulouse last Friday, adding more valuable black type to her pedigree page, on her first start for Mr Bruce Neill of Cressfield Stud – Australia. The plan was to ride her just behind the leaders, just like when she won her Listed race at Saint-Cloud on her previous start, but somehow her rider managed to lose several positions and entered the straight sitting in second last position. It was much to Rosental’s credit that she finished placed and her performance augurs well for next year when, naturally, we think she can win a similar race. She is a mile and a quarter filly who prefers rain softened ground.
It was good to see Mr Jon Shack’s Great Court return to her debut form when third at Chelmsford last Thursday and it could be that the first three in the race are all nice fillies. We have always thought Great Court will improve for longer trips next year and she has been given a handicap mark of 76. Mr Craig Bloor’s Medicean Dream did not trouble the judge in another maiden on the same card but he is now qualified for handicaps (rated 57) and should improve in such races in 2017.
Looking ahead, The Duke of Devonshire’s Bess of Hardwick will either run in the Listed Wild Flower Stakes over a mile and a half at Kempton next Wednesday or in a similar race, the Prix du Grand Camp, over the same trip at Lyon on Saturday. She is likely to take on the opposite sex in whichever race we choose, so we will have a good look at the entries before we decide. She remains in top form at home and hopefully we will be celebrating another high profile winner when we bring you our final update of the year next week.