William Hill May Hill Stakes
Group 2, Doncaster 14:25
£70,000 added,
2yo fillies only,
1m, Class 1   
Thursday 13th September 2018

Free Racing Tips

1 Fleeting 12/1
2 Star Terms 12/1
3 Sand Share 14/1
11 ran Distances: 1½l, ½l, ½l
Time: 1m 38.71s (slow by 2.71s)


A field of 11 juvenile fillies went to post for the Group Two contest and Aidan O’Brien was double-handed, with Fleeting the apparent second string behind the Ryan Moore-ridden Peach Tree.

The latter was on the pace throughout before fading, while the trainer’s son, Donnacha, settled 12-1 shot Fleeting towards the rear before angling wide to throw down his challenge on the far side.

The hat-trick-seeking Star Terms was in front racing inside the final furlong, but Fleeting saw out the straight mile best to get up and score by a length and a half.

Star Terms galloped on for second, ahead of Sand Share in third, but Dubai Beauty, the 11-8 favourite following an impressive debut at Newmarket last month, was bitterly disappointing.

Paul Smith, son of part-owner Derrick Smith, said: “Donnacha said she was a bit fresh going down to the start, so he took his time with her and in hindsight with that headwind that was probably a good thing. 

“She came through horses really well and we’re really happy with her. I suppose there wasn’t much between her and Peach Tree from her last piece of form and it was a very pleasing effort.”

He added: “She got the mile well. We’ll look at the Fillies’ Mile and the (Prix Marcel) Boussac. They will have to be on the radar now. 

“Donnacha was very pleased with her. She picked them up nicely and showed a good temperament. We’re happy.”

MansionBet went 33-1 about Fleeting for the Qipco 1000 Guineas and 25-1 for the Investec Oaks

Richard Hannon said of runner-up Star Terms: “She travelled very well, settled and she looks like a very good filly.

“We’ll see where we go from here. We’ll regroup, very pleased.” 

Ralph Beckett, trainer of third home Sand Share, said: “I’m very pleased with her. It was a good effort first time on the turf.

“She’s a big old girl and will improve for a winter on her back, so we’ll see where we go from here. I couldn’t be happier.

“I’m not sold on the Fillies’ Mile. She might go into Listed company next. We’ll see.”

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William Hill May Hill Stakes
(Fillies' Group 2) (Str)
£70,000 added, 2yo only, 1m, Class 1
11 ran
Going: Good

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (1) Fleeting (IRE) 12/1 D O'Brien
A P O'Brien 2
2nd (8) Star Terms 12/1 Andrea Atzeni
R Hannon 2
3rd (3) ½ Sand Share 14/1 Harry Bentley
R M Beckett 2
4th (10) ½ Magnetic Charm 16/1 James Doyle
W J Haggas 2
5th (4) 3 Dutch Treat 7/1 David Probert
A M Balding 2
6th (6) 1 Accordance 11/1 L Dettori
M Johnston 2
7th (2) Dubai Beauty (IRE) 11/8f C O'Donoghue
S bin Suroor 2
8th (9) Miss Celestial (IRE) 25/1 L Morris
Sir Mark Prescott 2
9th (5) 9 Divinity 16/1 C Lee
K R Burke 2
10th (7) hd Peach Tree (IRE) 6/1 R L Moore
A P O'Brien 2
11th (11) 17 Sweet Pearl 40/1 Oisin Murphy
R Hannon 2

Year Horse Trainer Jockey Owner SP

2017 Laurens
2016 Rich Legacy R M Beckett Oisin Murphy Qatar Racing Limited 3/1
2015 Turret Rocks Jim Bolger Kevin Manning Mrs June Judd 7/2
2014 Agnes Stewart E Lynam W J Lee Clipper Logistics Group Ltd 11/4
2013 Ihtimal Saeed bin Suroor S De Sousa Godolphin 11/10 fav
2012 Certify Mahmood Al Zarooni Mickael Barzalona Godolphin 4/6 fav
2011 Lyric Of Light Mahmood Al Zarooni Frankie Dettori Godolphin 9/1
2010 White Moonstone Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 8/11 fav
2009 Pollenator Richard Hannon Ryan Moore The Royal Ascot Racing Club 14/1
2008 Rainbow View John Gosden Jimmy Fortune George Strawbridge 1/3 fav
2007 Spacious James Fanshawe Jamie Spencer Cheveley Park Stud 9/4 fav
2006 Simply Perfect Jeremy Noseda Darryll Holland Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier 4/1
2005 Nasheej Richard Hannon Richard Hughes Malih L Al Basti 4/1
2004 Playful Act John Gosden Jimmy Fortune Sangster Family 8/1
2003 Kinnaird Patrick Haslam Kevin Darley Alastair Dinsmore 9/1
2002 Summitville James Given Michael Fenton Mountain High Partnership 11/2
2001 Half Glance Henry Cecil Richard Quinn Khalid Abdullah 5/2
2000 Karasta Sir Michael Stoute Johnny Murtagh H H Aga Khan 5/4 fav
1999 Teggiano Clive Brittain Frankie Dettori Abdullah Saeed Bul Hab 13/2

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