Charm Spirit Dahlia Stakes
Fillies' Group 2, Newmarket 14:20
£100,000 added,
4yo plus,
1m 1f, Class 1    
Sunday 6th May 2018


1 Wuheida 10/11F
2 Wilamina 12/1
3 Indian Blessing 20/1
8 ran Distances: 4l, 3¾l, nse
Time: 1m 50.43s (slow by 2.63s)

Breeders’ Cup heroine Wuheida took star billing in the Charm Spirit Dahlia Stakes and made a triumphant return to action at Newmarket.

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Making her first appearance since landing the Filly & Mare Turf at Del Mar last November, Charlie Appleby’s filly was the 10-11 favourite for this Group Two and odds-on backers will have had few concerns for the duration of the nine-furlong contest.

Tisbutadream cut out much of the running, but began to back-pedal racing inside the final three furlongs and Wuheida soon pulled away for a four-length success under William Buick. Wilamina was a clear second.

Appleby said: “Her work has been great. She looked great and everyone was very happy with her.

“The only concern was that she was a bit short of work. She’s entitled to come forward a good bit (for that run).”

Appleby added: “It always helps when you’ve got good horses like her as you can pretty much set the clock by them.

“I said to William to be careful as we didn’t want to get caught out fitness-wise as she’s still got to come forward a bit.

“I’ll speak to Sheikh Mohammed about whether we go to America or stay in Europe.

“We had thought about going to Saratoga or Deauville in August. These are things to think about, not worry about.”


Dahlia Stakes (Fillies' Group 2)
£100,000 added, 1m 1f, 4yo+, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Good to Firm, Good in places

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (2) Wuheida 10/11f W Buick
C Appleby 4
2nd (5) 4 Wilamina (IRE) 12/1 Oisin Murphy
M Meade 5
3rd (6) Indian Blessing 20/1 P Cosgrave
Ed Walker 4
4th (3) nse Mia Tesoro (IRE) 66/1 S Donohoe
C Fellowes 5
5th (8) Golden Legend (FR) 4/1 Alexis Badel
H F Devin 4
6th (1) 2 Billesdon Bess 16/1 Hollie Doyle
R Hannon 4
7th (4) 5 Tisbutadream (IRE) 8/1 R L Moore
D R C Elsworth 4
8th (7) Elegant Pose (IRE) 9/2 C T Keane
G M Lyons 4

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