Guest Dreams of Guineas Success with Serious Attitude
1st 15 Serious Attitude 4/1 Fav
Trainer Rae Guest returned to the Group One fold after an 11-year hiatus with a filly that no one wanted. Serious Attitude made a mockery of the 7,500 guineas she cost as a yearling when maintaining her unbeaten record in the 32Red.com Cheveley Park Stakes.
The 4/1 shot was supplemented for the six-furlong contest at a cost of £15,000 and the 2007 winner Natagora went on to victory in the StanJamesUK.com 1,000 Guineas.
Stan James, sponsor of the Newmarket Classic, has shortened Serious Attitude to 20/1 from 33/1 to emulate the French filly. Totesport and Paddy Power are shorter at 16/1. Cashmans were less impressed, going 25/1 from 50/1.
Guest said: “It’s fantastic to have a Group One winning two-year-old filly. She’s a good one. She was in yesterday’s sales race and she’d have won that but we thought she was good enough for this and so we had to go for it. The Group One is the icing on the cake, she’s worth more as a Group One winner.
“This is what you do it for, it’s what you get up in the morning for. My Emma won the Vermeille and the Yorkshire Oaks about 10 years ago. That’s a long time to go without a Group One winner but not when you only have 15 yearlings each year.
“Hopefully, she’ll go for the Guineas. She has so much speed so there’s the worry about whether she’ll stay the mile but she’s relaxed at home. She stayed on and battled and is by Mtoto, so I think she’ll probably stay.”
Serious Attitude got the better of runner-up Aspen Darlin inside the distance for a half-length victory under Jimmy Fortune.
Guest continued: “The breeder put me on to her, so it’s more down to him than me choosing her. The breeder didn’t sell her and asked if I’d come and look at her because he thought I do well with fillies. I own a quarter share.”
Jimmy Fortune, the rider of the unbeaten winner of the 32Red.com Chevely Park Stakes, Serious Attitude, declared: “I was just a little bit concerned about the ground because there was plenty of give when she won at Salisbury. She handled it OK today but I would say that she would be better with a little bit of juice.
"She's a very nice filly. When I rode her at Salisbury, I said to Rae that I this might be the second best filly in the country. She’s a nice filly but there’s no choice between her and Rainbow View. I'm delighted for Rae and the owners because she’s a lovely filly and they deserve it."
INDIAN HAVEN’S OWNERS THRILLED WITH RUNNER-UP SLOT FOR HIS DAUGHTER
Aspen Darlin has already provided the Indian Haven Syndicate with a Group 3 win this season and her owners, who also raced Irish 2,000 Guineas victor Indian Haven and retain a share in him as a stallion, are thrilled that she is now Group 1-placed following another great effort in the 32Red.com Cheveley Park Stakes.
Julian Smith, representing the Indian Haven Syndicate, said: “This is brilliant. It’s fantastic for the stallion as these are his first runners. We had Ashram yesterday (winner of the Group 3 Somerville Tattersalls Stakes and also by Indian Haven) and now this today. We’ve got some big guns at home by him that are yet to come out.
“Laurence Conway, Peter Gleeson and myself raced Indian Haven and we put together this syndicate. We also bred Ashram but Alan Bailey bought this filly for us at Fairyhouse.”
Bailey, who is based at the property on Hamilton Road where Indian Haven was trained, said: “She’s done everything except win. She’s a classic little filly. She’s improved at the right time and does everything you ask for. She’s an absolute delight to have. We came here thinking we had to have a chance. She was the second highest-rated horse in the field.
“She was a cheap yearling and it’s good for racing really. It just shows you don’t have to be a millionaire to buy a horse.
Aspen Darlin cost 10,000 euros as a yearling and was supplemented for the 32Red.com Cheveley Park Stakes at a cost of £15,000 - like the winner.
David Wachman, trainer of third-placed Pursuit Of Glory, said: “She ran well. She was just a little bit green in the middle of the race when it was crucial but she stayed on well. It was her first run on grass so it’s not too bad and she’s now Group 1-placed. She may be a possibility for the Breeders’ Cup for a race on the Polytrack.”
32Red.com CHEVELEY PARK STAKES
Winning Trainer: Name: Rae Guest
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