Cherry Hinton Stakes 2011  

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Dettori Swoops on Gamilati to Land Cherry Hinton

1 Gamilati 14/1
2 Russelliana 4/1
3 Shumoos 5/2F
11 ran Distances: 1½l, nk, ¾l
TIME 1m 12.87s (slow by 2.67s)

Gamilati lost her maiden tag in emphatic style with a length and a half victory in the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes over six furlongs.

The Godolphin filly belied her 14/1 starting price with a powerful run down the stands’ side rail under Frankie Dettori that saw her sweep from mid-division after switching twowards the stands’ side to win well from the eye-catching Sir Michael Stoute-trained Russelliana.

Mahmood Al Zarooni’s charge had finished runner-up on her two previous starts, latterly when a a short-head behind stablemate Discourse in a maiden here on June 24.

The trainer commented: “It was a very good win - the filly deserved the win. We will keep her at six furlongs and there is no race really that we have decided to go for but I think we will keep her at the same distance.

“Frankie is the man for big races. He gave her a good ride. Most jockeys, when they ride here, they just go in front but he dropped her in and did a great job.”

Whilst not dismissing the possibility of taking in the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes on the Rowley Mile in October, Al Zarooni was keen not to get ahead of himself.

He said: “There is also the Group Two race at York, the Lowther Stakes. We will try her at six furlongs and see how she goes.”

As for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas on the Rowley Mile in May, for which Gamilati is widely available at 20/1 with bookmakers, the trainer added: “I think she will get a mile but she should prove it before we try.”

Dettori reported: "She was a bit unlucky on the first two times that she ran - she was just running a bit green. The boss told me to get a lead and try to ride her for a place but, with a furlong and a half left, I was the only one on the bridle and, when I pressed the button, she quickened.

"I just got on the rail because I know that she might have been a little bit green in the middle of the track but it was a very good effort.

"I guess the next step will be the Lowther Stakes at York but all the big races will be a target because of the way that she won today.

"It was a nice race because it didn’t make me blow afterwards - wait until I ride a longshot and it will be a different story!"

As for Discourse, also available at 20/1 with Paddy Power for next year’s fillies’ Classic, Al Zarooni revealed: “Discourse will have a different target to Gamilati (next time). She was coughing, that is why we haven’t run her. We will find her a Listed race in the future and if she does well then we will go to Ascot.”


Starting Price
Beaten Distance
M Al Zarooni
L Dettori
8st 12lbs
14 - 1
Sir Michael Stoute
R L Moore
8st 12lbs
4 - 1
1 1/2 length
B J Meehan
Martin Dwyer
8st 12lbs
5 - 2
K A Ryan
P Makin
8st 12lbs
13 - 2
3/4 length
B W Hills
R Hills
8st 12lbs
50 - 1
1/2 length
J Noseda
William Buick
8st 12lbs
9 - 1
3/4 length
Betty Fontaine
M R Channon
J H Bowman
8st 12lbs
100 - 1
1 1/4 length
Caledonia Lady
J Hughes
D Holland
8st 12lbs
12 - 1
Short Head
Miss Work of Art
R A Fahey
P Hanagan
8st 12lbs
11 - 1
1 length
My Propeller
P W Chapple-Hyam
J P Spencer
8st 12lbs
5 - 1
1 1/4 length
Pink Sapphire
R Hannon
J Fortune
8st 12lbs
25 - 1
6 lengths



Sir Michael Stoute's Russelliana belied her inexperience to take second behind Gamilati in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes.

The daughter of Medicean had only raced the once, winning a Leicester maiden in the process, and stepped up on that to go down by a length and a half in the Group Two contest.

Stoute said: "I am thrilled with her. I thought we had won our race on the far side but the winner on the other side was just too good for her.
"I thought it was a good race coming in and I am sure it was. The third was second in the Queen Mary so it was probably a slightly above-average Cherry Hinton.

"The idea was to see how she got on today but we will be staying in Group company."

A neck behind the runner-up was Brian Meehan's 5/2 favourite Shumoos, who was again making the frame after her narrow second in the Queen Mark Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Meehan said: "I am very pleased with her and that was only her third start.

"The winner was only a maiden coming into the race but she is a talented maiden.

"I am very happy and Shumoos got the six furlongs well enough, quickening up well off a strong pace.

"We will head to the Lowther at York now."

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