Rosdhu the Queen of York in Lowther
Thursday 23 August 2012
1 Rosdhu Queen (R Hughes) 9-2
2 Baileys Jubilee (K Fallon) 12-1
3 Royal Rascal (D Allan) 33-1
By Ashley Wishaw
Rosdhu Queen made all to take a dramatic Jaguar Cars Lowther Stakes at York racecourse.
Ridden by Richard Hughes, the Invincible Spirit filly pulled clear to deny Baileys Jubilee by a length and a quarter. Royal Rascal stayed on for third.
Early on in the race, however, Newfangled, the Evens favourite, was severely injured and had to be taken to be assessed by the vet.
"Plan A was the drop her in but I hit the gate really fast and I wasn’t going to interfere. I just got a soft lead," Hughes told Racing UK.
The field split in to two groups, with Pearl Sea directed to the stands’ side by Jamie Spencer. David Brown’s Elusive City filly was joined by All Fur Coat, City Girl, and Threes Grand.
Rosdhu Queen kept on in front despite being pressed by Royal Rascal but free-wheeled all the way to the line.
“At the furlong pole I didn’t think I’d get home but at the winning post I thought I’d go another 100 yards. I am very impressed by her,” Hughes added.
“I don’t know about next year. I rode Best Terms to win the race last year and it didn’t work out great for her. She is a quick filly."
For William Haggas the victory was a perfect 52nd birthday present and the trainer was keen to run her in the Prix l'Abbaye at Longchamp.
"Why not?" Haggas said. "There is no point in going backwards. She's entered in the Cheveley Park but we'll see."
Newfangled was pulled up almost immediately by William Buick after she appeared extremely uncomfortable and continually changed her legs.
It was later reported that John Gosden’s charge had displaced her pelvis and was taken to a local vet after being assessed in the stabling enclosure.
She was removed by several firms from next year’s 1,000 Guineas betting, in which Rosdhu Queen was a best-priced 25-1 with Coral and Skybet, but as short as 16-1 with Ladbrokes.
Sand was applied to the course before the following race, the Betfair Don’t Settle For Less Stakes, won by Trade Storm.