Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes
|Group 3, Newmarket 15:35
3yo fillies only,
7f, Class 1
|Wednesday 18th April 2018|
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1 Soliloquy 4/1
2 Altyn Orda 4/1
3 Eirene 20/1
11 ran NR: Hikmaa Distances: 1¾l, nk, 3½l
Time: 1m 26.67s (slow by 4.17s)
Soliloquy wins it for Charlie Appleby
Charlie Appleby further strengthened his hand in the fillies' Classic division as Soliloquy ran out an emphatic winner.
After seeing his Prix Marcel Boussac heroine Wild Illusion impress in a pre-racing gallop on the Rowley Mile, the trainer sent Soliloquy into battle in this recognised trial for the Qipco 1000 Guineas.
Making her first appearance since winning a minor race at Ascot in September, the 4-1 shot was smartly away under William Buick and made virtually every yard of the running on her way to a comfortable length-and-three-quarter victory.
Soliloquy was given an introductory quote of 12-1 for the 1000 Guineas by RaceBets, but would need to be supplemented and Appleby is keen on a tilt at the first fillies' Classic of the season with general 10-1 shot Wild Illusion.
He said: " We were confident coming into the race. I was impressed with what Wild Illusion did here today and they'd been doing some nice work together.
"Soliloquy's work recently has done nothing but impress us. In the last three weeks she's blossomed and speed has come from where we haven't seen speed before.
"She's not in either the English or the French Guineas. We'd like to keep the two fillies apart and we'll see where we are in the next couple of weeks."
He added: " We would supplement Soliloquy for one or the other. This filly goes on a quicker surface whereas Wild Illusion broke her maiden on soft and won on soft in the Boussac as well.
"Wild Illusion's priority is the English Guineas, but if it is quick ground we'd have to have a chat nearer the time. This filly then potentially may come into the reckoning for one or the other.
"Wild Illusion is in both, this filly isn't."
Roger Varian remains keen on a tilt at the Newmarket Guineas for the runner-up Altyn Orda.
He said: "She was a bit rusty and will come on for the run, but she was strong on the line and I think she's going to need a mile to be at her best.
"We'll see how she comes out of the race, but the plan would be to come back for a crack at the Guineas."
Dean Ivory was thrilled with the performance of the third-placed Eirene.
He said: "She's a lovely, honest and genuine filly. She's obviously trained on.
"This is not her ideal track. She changed her legs several times and stumbled at least twice. I thought she was unlucky not to be second
"We'll see how she comes out and see where we go.
"She's in the Guineas and on that run you can't say she shouldn't be taking her chance, but a mile would be the question.
"There's also the French Guineas to consider."
Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes (Fillies' Group 3)
£60,000 added, 3yo only, 7f, Class 1
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
|Pos||Dr||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||(5)||Soliloquy 4/1||W Buick
|2nd||(8)||1¾||Altyn Orda (IRE) 4/1||S De Sousa
|3rd||(10)||nk||Eirene 20/1||R Winston
|D K Ivory||3|
|4th||(4)||3½||Billesdon Brook 9/1||S M Levey
|5th||(6)||3||Juliet Foxtrot 16/1||L Dettori
|6th||(7)||¾||Nyaleti (IRE) 7/1||J Fanning
|7th||(1)||s.h||Threading (IRE) 7/2f||James Doyle
|8th||(9)||2¼||Ertiyad 33/1||G Mosse
|W J Haggas||3|
|9th||(2)||3¼||Dramatically (USA) 20/1||R L Moore
|A P O'Brien||3|
|10th||(3)||1¾||Zain Hana 25/1||J F Egan
|11th||(12)||6||Nawassi 10/1||Jim Crowley
|J H M Gosden||3|
|NR||(11)||Hikmaa (IRE)||Oisin Murphy
|E F Vaughan||3|