The Fillies' Mile: Pollyanna has point to prove against seven rivals

Wed 10 Oct 2018

Pretty Pollyanna will face seven rivals when she goes on a recovery mission in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket on Friday.

The daughter of Oasis Dream topped ante-post lists for next season’s 1000 Guineas after following up a dominant display in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes with victory in the Prix Morny.

However, Michael Bell’s charge could finish only fourth when a hot favourite for the Cheveley Park Stakes here less than a fortnight ago – and returns to the Rowley Mile with something to prove.

Pretty Pollyanna finished fourth in the Cheveley Park Stakes

Danny Tudhope takes over in the saddle from Silvestre de Sousa.

Beyond Reason looked like she would go right to the very top when she pulled three lengths clear of her rivals in the Group 2 Prix du Calvados at Deauville in August.

However, she failed to follow up when stepped up to Group 1 company for the Moyglare Stud Stakes over seven furlongs at the Curragh four weeks ago, finishing sixth behind Skitter Scatter.

“Beyond Reason will be back on a sound surface in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile and I think that the step up to a mile will suit her.”

“As a proven Group 2 winner she was a little disappointing in Ireland last time but William [Buick, her jockey] said that the ground was riding dead and felt she wasn’t very comfortable on it.”

“She has freshened up well since then and we are hopeful that she will be very competitive on Friday.”

Aidan O’Brien is double-handed as he chases a joint-record sixth victory in the Group One contest.

The late Sir Henry Cecil currently holds the record – with Oh So Sharp (1984), Bosra Sham (1995) and Reams of Verse (1996) among his six winners.

O’Brien first struck gold with Sunspangled 20 years ago and has since added to his tally with Listen (2007), Together Forever (2014), Minding (2015) and Rhododendron (2016).

This year the Ballydoyle handler saddles Hermosa, who was third in the Moyglare Stud Stakes before winning a Group Three on her latest outing, as well as Moyglare fourth Zagitova.

The Joseph O’Brien-trained Iridessa is a third challenger from Ireland.

The eight-strong field is headed by the unbeaten Antonia De Vega.

Ralph Beckett’s filly saw off Zagitova when making a winning debut on the July Course before landing the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood.

John Gosden’s dual winner Shambolic and the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Layaleena complete the line-up.

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