There aren’t many better judges of a filly in the racing game right now and so John Gosden‘s decision to target the Sweet Solera Stakes with Pennywhistle is one punters can heed on Saturday.
She ranks amongst a trio of fillies’ carrying our hopes this weekend!
This Fillies’ Group 3 has a wide open look to it, with eight runners due to line up. The two with main credentials on form are Main Edition and La Pelosa, who finished first and second respectively in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
That form would make them hard to beat here but both have blotted their copybooks since and look vulnerable as such. There are plenty of dangers, with Ajrar seeking to give trainer Richard Hannon a third successive win in this event but the one that is fancied is Pennywhistle.
A filly by Iffraaj, she showed good promise on debut at Kempton on the AW before registering her first win over this C&D next time. She did so despite being keen early on amid a muddling sort of pace. She is well bred and there ought to be plenty more to come from her.
Gosden is a masterful judge of the fairer sex and he doesn’t aim at this sort of prize with carefree abandon. Frankie Dettori is booked to steer and, with doubts over some of the others, she can step up and land the spoils.
The Ed Walker-trained Agrotera went in many notebooks as she carved up the field in the Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. She was given the archetypal Jamie Spencer ride, swooping from last to first but still came home with daylight between herself and 22 rivals.
The result meant a meaty ratings-rise and now she finds herself up in Listed company for the first time at Haydock in the Dick Hern Stakes.
There should be plenty more to come and, given the manner in which she moved at Ascot, Agrotera looks the sort to go on improving with Spencer seemingly the perfect partner for the Mastercraftsman filly.
Mick Channon’s runner is developing a fondness for Ascot and he recorded a nice win over C&D a fortnight ago on King George day.
Koeman only had a neck to spare at the line but it was a pleasing effort and he took the measure of Bajan Gold and Sleeping Lion in winning, both of which can be classed as improving three-year-olds.
He’s running off a career-high mark back at Ascot but this looks to be another decent chance. He had the beating of a few of these rivals when runner-up over C&D in May and can confirm superiority now.
The third filly of the weekend runs in the Prix Jacques Le Marois in France on Sunday and is the brilliant Coronation Stakes winner Alpha Centauri.
Jessica Harrington’s charge landed the Irish 1000 Guineas and the Falmouth Stakes either side of that Ascot demolition job in June. She heads to Deauville in search of a Group 1 four-timer and is fully expected to justify a short price.
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