Mark Johnston: It's odds-on Nyaleti goes to York

Thu 17 Aug 2017

It is "odds-on" that Mark Johnston's smart filly Nyaleti will skip the Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday in favour of the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes at York next week.

A winner on her racecourse debut at Salisbury, Mark Johnston's filly was turned out just six days later for the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and ran an excellent race to fill the runner-up spot behind Aidan O'Brien's 1000 Guineas favourite September.

She found another Ballydoyle inmate, Clemmie, too strong in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket before bolting up in Ascot's Princess Margaret Stakes late last month.

After that a Group One assignment looked the obvious next step, but as the Ascot race was only a Group Three, she would have no penalty at York.

"We were basically thinking she would go for a Group One next but the Lowther is very attractive at York. The prize-money is absolutely tremendous and it's an ideal race for her, we think," Johnston told At The Races.

"She's in the Prix Morny at the weekend and we will take a good look, but it's odds-on she will go to the Lowther."

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