Lyric Of Light Fantastic in Shadwell Fillies' Mile
1 Lyric Of Light 2/1F
Lyric Of Light and Frankie Dettori gave favourite backers a fright in the Group One Shadwell Fillies Mile but not for nothing does the Italian enjoy a reputation as one of the world’s finest jockeys and he duly notched a sixth victory in the race with a last-gasp thrust.
As the pair flashed past the post, Lyric Of Light held the advantage by a head over the Jamie Spencer-ridden runner-up, giving trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni a first success in the race.
The first two pulled four and a half lengths clear of third placed Firdaws (3/1), with the winner, supplemented for the race at a cost of £15,000, registering a fast time of 1m 35.98s.
Al Zarooni, enjoying a sixth Group One win of 2011 in his second year as a trainer for Godolphin, said: “We will see how she is when we get back home and then sit down with His Highness (Sheikh Mohammed) to see where we go with her. Options are open for this filly and we could look at the Breeders’ Cup but we will decide with His Highness if she runs again this year.
“If you notice, I still think she did not like the ground. Frankie said he felt that she was not particularly happy on the ground but she is such a good filly she won the race. We have been lucky with the fillies this year and we are doing good with her sire, Street Cry.
“This was only the third race of her life. Some horses learn from the first and some take five races to learn so I think she is getting there.
“I don’t like to squeeze and push two-year-old fillies - take time with them and they will come. They will tell you when they are really ready.
“I think, looking at the way she won today, that she will get further but also she wants better ground.”
The rider commented: ““She is a superstar filly - she only does what she has to do. I don’t think that the track would have suited her, with the firm ground, because she is such a tall filly but she has done it well to win.
“She is a bit green and she idles in front, so I used William (Buick, rider of Fallen For You) as a target, but when he died I went after Jamie. When I asked her to quicken going down into the dip, she got unbalanced so it took me a lot longer to get him than I expected. Once I met the rising ground I passed him and I was fine.
“The same again, when I hit the front she was happy to stay with the other filly. The thing is, when you ask her to pick one up she picks it up but once she passes she thinks, job done.
“I don’t think she minds the quick ground but for a young filly, running down into the dip, it is quite unbalancing. The pace was honest and we quickened from three out. It was a fast time. She has a lot of quality and I really like her, she’s nice.”
“My filly in the first race broke down and I gave Michael Hills too much rope on Poet’s Voice but it’s third time lucky in the biggest race of the day.
“I had a good idea that my head was in front at the line but you never know until they shout your number!”
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