French Raiders Shake Up 1,000 Guineas Scene
French fillies were in excellent form in the Cambridgeshire meeting at Newmarket as Vorda proved a convincing winner of the Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes on September 28, whilst Miss France came out on top in a close encounter the day before.
Princess Noor raced alone for much of the contest down the centre and stayed on for second, but had no response when Olivier Peslier kicked on Philippe Sogorb's filly running into the dip. While Kiyoshi and Joyeuse, Frankel's half-sister, made late ground, they never looked like taking a hand in the finish.
The winner was given quotes ranging from 8-1 to 12-1 for next year's 1000 Guineas back at Newmarket.
Barzalona said: "She just has a lot of class - she's different class. We went a nice pace and quickened early. Everything I asked her to do she did very easily on the bridle. It's job done today. I think she's a great filly."
Miss France gained a quote of 12-1 from Ladbrokes for next year's 1000 Guineas and Anthony Stroud, representing Ballymore Thoroughbred Ltd, said: "That will be up to Andre and the owners. She's a very nice filly and I don't think she'll run again this season."
The daughter of Dubawi looked set to dominate the fillies' juvenile scene after a brilliant display in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, but she has failed to come up with the goods in two subsequent appearances at Group One level.
That said, she has been far from disgraced, being demoted from second to third in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh and taking third over six furlongs in the Cheveley Park.
Hills feels his filly will benefit from stepping up to a mile next year, with the 1000 Guineas her obvious target.
"She ran a creditable race. We felt there was enough pace on early on in the race and the ground was plenty lively enough, but you can't take anything away from the winner (Vorda)," said the Lambourn trainer.
"She hasn't been disgraced. Since winning at Royal Ascot she's been placed in two Group Ones and hasn't got much to find. We'll pack her up for the winter now and obviously we'll be looking to step her up in trip next season. She's crying out for a mile, really.
"There is plenty of stamina on her dam's side and her sire (Dubawi) gets staying horses as well, so we'll look forward to the spring. If we feel she needs a prep run (before the Guineas) then we will, but it's too early to say at this stage."
Chriselliam, trained by Charlie Hills and ridden by Richard Hughes, was tremendously impressive in winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on November 1.
A surprise 28-1 winner of the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket, the daughter of Iffraaj showed that Group One success to be fluke, travelling smoothly all the way and rocketing clear once Hughes pressed the button.
Testa Rossi was second but the winner was never in any danger, looking better the further she went.
It was a first all round as a maiden Breeders' Cup victory for Hills and Hughes, and Chriselliam is part-owned by former jockey Willie Carson, who endured Breeders' Cup heartache in 1990 with Dayjur.
A daughter of the amazing Sea The Stars and carrying the same colours of owner Christopher Tsui, My Titania built on a promising Leopardstown debut to score at the second time of asking at the same venue and was sent off the 11-10 market leader this time on her step up to Pattern class.
Oxx said: "She's a very nice filly and we've high hopes for her. She's by Sea The Stars and she's his first Group winner. It's very nice he's had his first Group winner in those colours and that we have such a nice filly for the future.
"We were pretty hopeful. She's a very consistent worker, always works well and shows plenty of ability. She has plenty of speed, travels well through her races and has a good turn of foot. She's got a bit of her sire's inclination to doss a bit when she hits the front, she idles a bit there. She probably needs to come a bit later.
"She won't run any more this year. She's had three runs now and she's pretty sharp in her mind and very alert. The ground is critical for her. She has to have fast ground and she'd be impeded by it if it's any slower than good.
"If all goes well through the winter and the spring, we'll probably enter her in the Guineas and in the Oaks at Epsom. She has prospects and she has a chance of being a good filly."
Rizeena won the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot in June over five furlongs, but Brittain feels she will be capable of staying middle distances next season.
"She's in very good form, but I didn't put a saddle on her for a week after Newmarket," he told At The Races.
"She's a natural athlete, she does everything with so much ease.
"I put her in the class of Sayyedati and she is. We got beat at Newmarket but that was for two reasons I think. We expected a little bit more give in the ground and I thought we went and won the race too soon and Richard Hughes, being Richard Hughes, spotted it and came and beat us.
"She's finished for the season, although she would be well able to run again. We've seen enough of Rizeena for one year.
"We'll just have her nice and fresh for the Guineas, that'll be her first race next year.
"I'm pretty certain she'll stay beyond a mile. That's for us to discuss with the owners, but she'll be entered in all the Classics and she'll have a Classic campaign."
Dermot Weld's new association with the Aga Khan got off to the best possible start when Balansiya struck by seven lengths at Leopardstown on November 3.
The Shamardal juvenile earned quotes of around 16-1 for next year's 1000 Guineas following her genuinely impressive display in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.
Balansiya, ridden by Pat Smullen, was sent off the 11-4 joint-favourite to make a winning debut and led at the top of the straight before streaking clear to account for market rival Upper Silesian.
The two-year-old was the first Weld-trained runner for the Aga Khan since the powerful owner-breeder increased his roster of trainers in Ireland earlier in the year.
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