Fitzdares Oaks Trial Fillies' Stakes
Fillies' Listed, Lingfield 15:00
£45,000 guaranteed,
3yo only,
1m 4f, Class 1   
Saturday 13th May 2023

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1 Eternal Hope 9/4
2 Be Happy 6/5
3 Ferrari Queen 16/1
9 ran Distances: 1¾l, ¾l, nse
Time: 2m 30.89s (slow by 2.89s

A first win in the race for Charlie Appleby, courtesy of Eternal Hope.

Always well placed by William Buick tracking the pace set by stablemate Sunset Point and the 6-5 favourite Be Happy, she was in the perfect spot to strike rounding the turn for home and showed a likeable turn of foot to outgun the Aidan O’Brien-trained market leader in the straight. 

Although Coral introduced the filly into the Epsom Oaks market at 16-1, the daughter of Teofilo would need supplementing into the line-up for Epsom’s June 2 showpiece. 

But although her next move will become clearer in time, what is not in doubt is her class and she impressed her rider. 

“She’s a lovely filly who started her career late and can only improve as that was just her third run,” said Buick of the 9-4 scorer.

“She’s not in at Epsom, but I’m sure they’ll have a good think about supplementing her.” 

Alex Merriam, Appleby’s assistant, added: “She picked up well and did it nicely. It would have been lovely to put her on turf, but she’s suited by a sound surface.

“This race looked competitive without being red hot, so let’s see if it stops raining. 

“We will take a look at what the ground is like closer to the time (of the Oaks).”


Oaks Trial Fillies' Stakes
£45,000 guaranteed, 3yo only, 1m 4f, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Standard (All Weather)

1 (4)    Eternal Hope 3 9-2 Charlie Appleby William Buick 9/4

2 (7) Be Happy 3 9-2 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 6/5
3 (5)
¾ Ferrari Queen 3 9-2 Charlie Johnston Richard Kingscote 16/1
4 (3)
nse Ghara 3 9-2 John & Thady Gosden Robert Havlin 40/1
5 (9)
hd Bright Diamond 3 9-2 K R Burke Sam James 9/1
6 (2)
Sunset Point 3 9-2 Charlie Appleby Rob Hornby 17/2
7 (6)
Climate Friendly 3 9-2 Jane Chapple-Hyam Marco Ghiani 66/1
8 (1)
Perfect Prophet 3 9-2 Ed Walker Oisin Murphy 10/1
9 (8)
Fox Flame 3 9-2 Charlie Johnston Rowan Scott 80/1