Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Atalanta Stakes
Group 3, Sandown Park 15:15
£65,000 added,
3yo plus,
1m 14y, Class 1
Saturday 30th August 2014

1 Fintry 6/4F
2 Odeliz 6/1
3 Water Hole 9/2
9 ran Distances: 1¼l, nk, ¾l
TIME 1m 43.01s (slow by 3.11s)

Fintry wins the Atalanta Stakes for France's Andre Fabre

Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket's Rowley Mile is the logical next step for Fintry



Fintry overcame a 7lb penalty and an 90-day absence, oozing class in an easy victory.

Andre Fabre's French raider had been laid low with a cough since winning a Group Two at Chantilly on her previous start, but that did not stop her making a successful return as she warmed up for a crack at the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

She bounded clear under Maxime Guyon after heading the pace-setting Audacia and came home a length and a quarter clear of the staying-on Odeliz with Water Hole third.

Guyon said: "That was very simple. She won a Group Two last time, so today she won again. When she got in front she stopped a little bit. She's a very good filly."

Lisa Jane Graffard, Godolphin's French representative, said: "Absolutely delighted. We just wanted to see the filly have a good comeback.

"She'd been off the track three months, but we knew she had the quality she showed us today so hopefully she can go for a big one at the end of the season.

"We came here because there were no suitable races on France and she was already a Group Two winner there and the timing of this race was right.

"It has to be discussed but I think the Sun Chariot would be the logical step."

Odeliz's trainer Karl Burke said: "She got caught in a bit of a pocket but there are no real excuses.

"She's been beaten by a very good filly. The big aim is the EP Taylor in Canada and we might try to find her a race before then."

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Karl Burke is thinking of giving Odeliz one more run before she heads to Canada for her long-term objective, the Grade One EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine on October 19.

The Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes at Gowran on September 21 could be the race that fits in nicely into Burke's plans for the filly who has finished in the first four in her last four Group races.

"We probably feel we didn't get the run of the race. We were boxed in on the rail further back than ideal. If we could have latched onto the French filly we would have given her a race, but that's racing. Our filly and the French filly are very good," said the Middleham handler.

"She's come out of the race perfect, no problems at all.

"The long-term plan has always been the EP Taylor in Canada. There's no change in that. It's just a question of if we give her one more run and that could possibly be the Lanwades Stud Stakes over nine furlongs.

"That would still give us three weeks to Canada, so that looks the ideal slot for her."

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Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Atalanta Stakes
£65,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 14y, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good to Soft on Round (Back Straight Good) and 5f is Soft, Good to Soft Places

Pos     Horse Wgt Jockey Trainer SP
1st (4) Fintry (IRE) 9-2 M Guyon A Fabre 6/4f
2nd (1) Odeliz (IRE) 9-1 D Tudhope K R Burke 6/1
3rd (6) nk Water Hole (IRE) 8-9 William Buick J H M Gosden 9/2
4th (5) ¾ Zurigha (IRE) 9-1 P J Dobbs Richard Hannon 14/1
5th (9) hd Audacia (IRE) 9-1 R L Moore H Palmer 12/1
6th (7) nk Diamond Dove (GER) 8-9 Freddie Tylicki A Lowe 7/1
7th (3) Zibelina (IRE) 9-1 A Kirby C Appleby 8/1
8th (8) Lily Rules (IRE) 8-9 B McHugh T Coyle 33/1
9th (2) 10 Nur Jahan (IRE) 9-1 T E Durcan D R Lanigan 66/1