Horse Racing: Botti’s Lady could race in Middleton

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Marco Botti hinted the Middleton Stakes at York could be next on the agenda for Lady Dutch following Saturday’s stylish success in the Betfred Mobile Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes at Kempton.

Despite being faced with a wide draw, the 15-8 favourite was quickly steered across several of her rivals by Martin Harley to be slotted in behind early leader Wee Jean.

After tracking the early pace, Harley guided the four-year-old, who was second in last year’s Italian 1000 Guineas, into the lead just outside the furlong marker in what was to be a race-winning move, with the pair eventually scoring by a length and a quarter from Solar Magic.

Botti said: “She will get a little bit further, I think she could get a mile and a quarter.

“She was a good filly in Italy last year, but this year I think she is a better filly as she looked stronger. This was a great effort as when I looked through the form, for a Listed race early on it was quite competitive. She is entered in the Middleton at York, but we are not saying she is definitely going to go there, we will just see how she comes out of this then make a plan.”

Peacock could be aimed at a 2000 Guineas trial by Richard Hannon after making light work of his rivals in the Betfred Racing Follow Us On Twitter Conditions Stakes. The 5-6 favourite, sporting the silks of the Queen, quickly put the race to bed when given an inch of rein by Richard Hughes to win by a comfortable two and three-quarter lengths.

Hannon said: “He was a nice horse last year and he was unlucky in the mile Listed race at Doncaster. That race will bring him on an awful lot. We will look at the Greenham, maybe the Craven, but the feeling is that he is more suited to a mile.”

And Very Special lived up to her name when showing a smart turn of foot to take the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Conditions Stakes. The 4-9 favourite made her seasonal reappearance a successful one when sailing past Teosroyal inside the final furlong of the mile contest before winning going away by two lengths.

Winning trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “She is a nice filly that I have always liked. When she was two she showed that bit of class. She is still a little bit weak and she will be a nice filly in the future. We will run her in a Listed race over a mile at York in May.

Jeremy Gask is not known for saddling first-time-out two-year-old winners, but the trainer did just that when Rosealee obliged in the Betfred TV/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes at 16-1.

Shane Gray is very much a jockey going places and the 20-year-old highlighted his skills in the saddle when driving home Realize (14-1) to a neck victory in the Betfred Racing’s Biggest Supporter Handicap.

Speculative Bid (4-1) followed up a recent course and distance victory with a narrow success in the Betfred Home Of The Goals Handicap. Ridgeway Storm took the Betfred Bonus Ball Bonanza Queen’s Prize after a perfectly-timed ride from Tom Queally.