Princess of Wales's Tattersalls Stakes
Group 2, Newmarket 16:10
£57,200 added, 3yo plus,
1m 4f, Class 1   
Thursday 9th July 2020

1 Dame Malliot 8/1
2 Communique 11/2
3 Desert Encounter 20/1
7 ran NR: Antonia De Vega
Distances: 2¼l, 1½l, hd Time: 2m 34.40s (slow by 7.60s)

Hollie Doyle broke new ground at Group Two level with Ed Vaughan’s Dame Malliot, who had made good progress last season, winning at this level in France last August.

Doyle was not happy with the pace of the race at halfway and took up the running, before both Alounak and Communique headed her at one stage, yet despite drifting a little to the far side, Dame Malliot kept on finding for pressure.

Towards the finish the 8-1 chance was well on top, pulling two and a quarter lengths clear of last year’s winner Communique.

Doyle said: “She was very fresh today and as she’s a big-striding filly and she took such a hold, I was struggling to settle her.

“We weren’t going quick and I had a big decision to make, but thankfully for my sake it worked out, otherwise I don’t know what Ed would have said!

“She’s a good filly. She’s my first Group winner and to do it for Ed Vaughan and Mr (Anthony) Oppenheimer, it’s excellent.”

Vaughan said: “I didn’t know what to make of it as early on – they weren’t going fast enough for her.

“Five out I thought she might get caught out on the ground, but she kept picking up.

“She’s a good filly and holds a track record here. Frankie (Dettori) won a Group Two on her in France on heavy ground, but got off and said to never run her on that sort of ground again.

“We’ll probably have to take on Mr Oppenheimer’s other filly, Star Catcher, but I have got her in a Group One in Germany – but I’ll leave it up to Mr Oppenheimer.”

Trainers Quotes

He added: “I’m delighted for Hollie as she works hard. I don’t know how many winners she has had for me, but it is something like five winners from seven rides.

“I like how she rides. She is very tidy. Horses don’t pull with her and she has got good hands and rides with a good length of rein. I just love how she rides.”

Doyle was delighted to make the breakthrough in Pattern company.

“I’ve had plenty of rides in Group races, but that was the first winner so that is great,” she said.

“It is excellent. I managed to tick riding a winner at Royal Ascot off last month. It is great to get this under my belt. I’ve been riding out most weeks for Ed in Newmarket and I’ve worked this filly. She is twice the filly she was last year.

“The feel she gave me in the Aphrodite Stakes (last season), she is probably one of the best horses I’ve ridden. To have done that the way she has today, I would really hope she could pick up a Group One somewhere around the world.

“I don’t know where, but she has definitely got the potential. I know she is Frankie’s ride and I hope whenever he can’t ride her, I can.”

Mathematician Betting

Princess Of Wales's Stakes (Group 2)
£57,200 added, 3yo plus, 1m 4f, Class 1
7 ran
Going: Soft

1 (2)      Dame Malliot 4 9-3 Ed Vaughan Hollie Doyle 8/1
2 (7)
Communique 5 9-6 Mark Johnston Joe Fanning 11/2
3 (1)
½ Desert Encounter 8 9-6 David Simcock Andrea Atzeni 20/1
4 (5)
hd Enbihaar 5 9-3 John Gosden Jim Crowley 9/4F
5 (4)
3 Alounak 5 9-6 Andrew Balding Silvestre De Sousa 5/2
6 (6) Old Persian 5 9-6 Charlie Appleby William Buick 9/2
7 (8)
12 Forest Ranger 6 9-6 Richard Fahey Tony Hamilton 50/1
NR 6 (3) Antonia De Vega 4 9-3 Ralph Beckett NON RUNNER