Roly Poly storms to victory in Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket
After being the bridesmaid on countless occasions, Roly Poly came of age when completing a Group-race double for trainer Aidan O’Brien and jockey Ryan Moore at Newmarket with victory in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes.
Having played a supporting role to stablemate Winter in both the Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, the War Front filly gained the Group One success her efforts deserved under a well-judged ride from the front in the mile prize.
Without a win since striking in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes on this card 12 months ago, the 6-4 favourite put that right when kicking clear from the sharp end to defeat the previously-unbeaten Wuheida by a length and a quarter, following in the hoofprints of stablemate Alice Springs who claimed the race last year.
Part-owner Michael Tabor said: “It’s a good day at the office, as they say. She loves this ground, that’s for sure.
“It was pretty straightforward, actually, but that is easy to say after the race. Ryan said when he came into the paddock he thought the best thing would be to take her to the front, which he did.
“She did it well and she is a good filly. She has had some near-misses, but she is a tough, hardy filly. She is small, but she battles well and this surface really suits her well. We couldn’t be more pleased with her.”
Wuheida ran a huge race on her first start since last October, and trainer Charlie Appleby said: “I’m delighted. She’s travelled well throughout and as William (Buick) said, she’s just gone for her girths (got tired), which is what I expected to be honest.
“William felt she may even have got a bit quicker since last year. I was thinking after this we might be looking to go up to 10 (furlongs), but we might stick to around a mile.
Juggling two talented fillies with Classic aspirations is a situation O’Brien is hardly a stranger to and has on his hands again after Clemmie stormed to glory in this year’s running of the Duchess of Cambridge.
With next year’s 1000 Guineas favourite September already housed at Ballydoyle, O’Brien saw Churchill’s little sister advance her claims as she took the Group Two prize in a new six-furlong juvenile track-record time.
Despite only finishing mid-division in the Albany at Royal Ascot, the 11-8 favourite added to her last-time-out Curragh gains when clearing right away from Nyaleti.
The daughter of Galileo was cut from 16-1 into 7-1 for the Guineas by Coral and into 8-1 by Ladbrokes. RaceBets went 10-1 from 12-1.
Moore said: “I’d say she is the best (two-year-old) filly we’ve seen out this year. She’s won a six-furlong Group Two in July, she’s got the pedigree to do it and she’s got the trainer. She’s got every chance.”
Tabor said: “You have to be impressed. She’s improving all the time and she wants six furlongs, but more would suit her.
“We were all hopeful she’d go to the top on her breeding. As we know she’s a full-sister to Churchill.
“She’s won as if she wants seven furlongs and hopefully she’ll be a Guineas horse for next year.
“Obviously we’ll gradually step her up, I think she’ll handle a Group One all right and it could be the Moyglare.”
He added: “September is obviously very good as well and these are high-class problems, to have two fillies like that.”
Jeremy Noseda is no stranger to sending his horses abroad and Marzouq (6-1) could be set to go jet setting after running out a three-quarters of a length winner of the bet365 Handicap.
Noseda said: “The owner’s manager messaged me a list of races two months ago and he is entered in the Secretariat Stakes in Chicago.”
The John Gosden-trained Parfait (5-2) backed up a solid fourth in the Jersey Stakes when making the most of a drop down in class to take the bet365 Handicap (Silver Bunbury Cup) by two lengths.