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Daisy skips to Fashion win at Goodwood

Thursday 22 May 2014

By Racinguk.com staff

Jordan Princess did no favours to the form of Oaks favourite Taghrooda at Goodwod on Thursday when Marsh Daisy ran out an impressive winner of the Bibendum Height Of Fashion Stakes.

Jordan Princess was sent off the 5-2 favourite for the Listed contest on account of her second to Taghrooda in the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket last month.

The mount of Andrea Atzeni never looked like justifying her position in the market, however, and the Oaks entry eventually finished last.

Marsh Daisy is not entered at Epsom but winning trainer Hughie Morrison did not rule out a tilt at an Oaks staged elsewhere.

“Epsom would not be her track anyhow,” Morrison told Racing UK. “We have no firm plans but I would have thought we’d go to something like the Lancashire Oaks, or she would be a very nice staying filly in the autumn.”

Jockey Pat Dobbs grabbed the near-side rail after the seven runners had tracked over in the straight.

Dobbs delivered his challenge inside two furlongs and hit the front a furlong from home to win by two lengths from Eastern Belle, who was in turn seven lengths clear of Psychometry.

Marsh Daisy’s two previous runs had been on good to soft but Dobbs felt his filly handled the going at the Sussex course, which was good, good to firm in places.  

“She’s done very little, is a light filly and has proved on the racecourse what a decent filly she is,” Morrison added.

“Pat felt like she skipped through the ground.”

The Height Of Fashion Stakes was inaugurated in 2007 and to date Snow Fairy has been the best winner. Snow Fairy was supplemented on for the Oaks following her victory in 2010 and went on to win the fillies' Classic. 

Michita also went on to contest the Oaks in 2008 after her win but after finishing only seventh at Epsom she bounced back and won the Ribblesdale Stakes at the Royal Meeting. 

Moneycantbuymelove went to Royal Ascot after her success at Goodwood in 2009 and won the Listed Sandringham Handicap. 

Earlier on the card Russian Realm enhanced his chances of Royal Ascot success with a smooth win in the winnerevents.com Handicap under Ryan Moore.

James Doyle guided the field into the straight aboard So Beloved and led his six rivals into the centre of the track.

Moore had been content to track the pace, but made his move approaching two furlongs out.

With a furlong to go Russian Realm had hit the front and extended his lead to win comfortably by two and a half lengths. George Guru was the runner-up for the second year in succession, a lengths and a half ahead of So Beloved.

Skybet slashed Sir Michael Stoute’s charge to 10-1 outright favourite from 16-1 for the Royal Hunt Cup at the Royal Meeting next month. 

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