Betway Atalanta Stakes
Group 3, Sandown 15:05
£37,000 added,
3yo plus,
1m, Class 1   
Sunday 23rd August 2020


1 Maamora 14/1
2 Billesdon Brook 9/2
3 Lavender's Blue 6/1
10 ran NR: Look Around
Time: 1m 42.08s (slow by 2.08s)

The Simon and Ed Crisford-trained Maamora showed no signs of rustiness against race-fit rivals on her first start in 192 days to claim the biggest victory of her career in the one mile Group Three.

Settled straight into the lead by William Buick, the 14-1 shot, who was last sighted finishing third in a Group Two at Meydan in February, displayed a tenacious attitude by pulling out plenty to defeat the 1000 Guineas heroine of 2018 Billesdon Brook by half a length.

Ed Crisford, joint trainer, said: “We kept her in training to try to win a Group race this year. She ran well in Dubai and finished third in the Balanchine over a mile-one and we thought this would be a perfect target for her and she did it nicely. I’m glad we got that Group win with her.

“She had to do quarantine after Meydan and the flight was delayed a little bit, so it just a took a little bit of time to get her back with all the travel restrictions, but she has been training nicely at home.

“It was a beautiful ride by William as he jumped her out and got his fractions right. There was some seriously good kit in behind, so she really toughed it out. She does love it from the front. This is a good front-runners track and it suited her well.”

Crisford hinted that a step up to Group One company is likely to be next on the agenda.

He added: “I think the Sun Chariot will be her big end-of-season target. Whether there is something before, a Group Two, I don’t know, but the Sun Chariot will be her race.”

A rematch between the winner and runner-up could be on the cards, with trainer Richard Hannon also earmarking the Sun Chariot, which Billesdon Brook claimed last year.

He said: “She ran a very good race, but they gifted the race to the one in front. She looked like she was going to go past and she looked like she was travelling best, but they didn’t go much of a gallop in front.

“All roads will lead back to Newmarket and there is not long to go now.”

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Atalanta Stakes
£37,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m, Class 1
10 ran
Going: Good

1 (3)    Maamora 4 9-4 Simon & Ed Crisford William Buick 14/1
2 (6)
½ Billesdon Brook 5 9-4 Richard Hannon Sean Levey 9/2
3 (2) ¾ Lavender's Blue 4 9-4 Amanda Perrett Jim Crowley 6/1
4 (9)
nk Quadrilateral 3 8-12 Roger Charlton Ryan Moore 11/8F
5 (5)
shd Posted 4 9-4 Richard Hannon Hollie Doyle 22/1
6 (8)
Lady Bowthorpe 4 9-7 William Jarvis Kieran Shoemark 15/2
7 (11)
Onassis 3 8-12 Charlie Fellowes Hayley Turner 16/1
8 (4)
nk Indie Angel 3 8-12 John Gosden Robert Havlin 14/1
9 (7)
hd Stylistique 3 8-12 Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni 50/1
10 (10)
¾ Romola 4 9-4 Sir Michael Stoute Ben Curtis 22/1
NR 4 (1) Look Around 4 9-4 Andrew Balding NON RUNNER

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