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30/09/2016

G1 - 2000m - Turf

Best In The World

She has taken time to deliver on her two-year-old promise but she has had some bad luck and she did respond well to pressure to fight off a better fancied stablemate in a G3 over 2400m at Cork in August. Back at this distance she narrowly lost out on a G2 victory at The Curragh last time and she's the only contender from a strong initial entry from her stable.

Jemayel

A G1 winner at Deauville earlier in the year but then badly squeezed soon after the start in the G1 Prix de Diane here at Chantilly, probably ruining her chance. Two very solid efforts have followed, even though she failed to match the speed of a brilliant - currently injured - filly last time. From a stable who have enjoyed an incredibly successful season.

Pagella

Did go close to winning a G2 for fillies at Germany's Hoppegarten track in June though subsequent events have shown that was not a strong event. She has raced just twice since neither time with enough distinction to suggest that she is up to winning this big prize.

Pleascach

Very high class last season, winning the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas (1600m) at The Curragh and later just getting the better of a high class rival after a long thrilling battle up the straight at York in a G1 over 2400m. The big issue with her is obviously that she hasn't raced for over a year, though her skilled trainer surely wouldn't bring her here if she wasn't close to 100%.

Royal Solitaire

Very progressive earlier this year, mopping up two Listed races and a G2 at three different German tracks. However she failed to find any finishing kick in a G1 at Deauville in August - one of various well fancied contenders who appeared to run below par in that event. This distance looks right for her.

Sea Front

Has run over a variety of distances, over a variety of surfaces and from handicaps to G1's. Most recently she ran a solid 2 ½ length fourth behind Speedy Boarding in a G1 over this distance at Deauville. Perhaps she could make a place but it would be a big surprise if she were good enough to win.

So Mi Dar

Has speed, stamina and class and looks sure to be sent off favourite. A minor injury kept her off the track for much of the summer but she kept her unbeaten profile when returning to win a hot Listed event at Yarmouth in September, barely needing to break into a sweat there. With distance and ground looking right, she must have a major chance.

Speedy Boarding

A big tall filly who has been given time to reach her peak, recording a career best with a smooth and decisive defeat of nine rivals in a G1 over this distance at Deauville in August, with this Newmarket-trained filly also having won a G2 on her only previous French visit. She looks to need a bit of a break between races and that she has had this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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