Deauville: Pretty Pollyanna denies Signora Cabello in Prix Morny thriller

By Geoffrey Riddle@Louchepunter
Mon 20 Aug 2018

Watch a full replay of the Darley Prix Morny won in fine style by Pretty Pollyanna at Deauville on Sunday and read our report on the action from France.

Pretty Pollyanna laid down further claims to be the best juvenile filly in Europe on Sunday when she outpointed Signora Cabello in a terrific duel for the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville.

The two British-trained fillies dominated the finish and pulled well clear of their rivals in the closing stages, with Pretty Pollyanna just coming out on top for trainer Michael Bell and jockey Silvestre de Sousa.

Pretty Pollyanna had won the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes by seven lengths at Newmarket and showed that form was no fluke as she took the first Group One race of the season for two-year-olds in France.

Betfair left Pretty Pollyanna unchanged at 12-1 for the Qipco 1000 Guineas, while BetVictor were more impressed – trimming her to 8-1 from 10s.

Trainer Michael Bell nominated the Moyglare Stud Stakes at Irish Champions Weekend at the Currgah on September 16, or the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket a fortnight later as the daughter of Oasis Dream's next targets.

"You don't really notice her at home she is so uncomplicated," the trainer told the Racing Post.

"What I am very encouraged about is how she stayed on to the line. She is not a short runner. The way she has battled back and really stayed on has given me every hope she will stay a mile next year."

Pretty Pollyanna was always in the front rank in the centre of the track as Ben Curtis and Comedy led on the near side and Richmond Stakes winner Land Force and Ryan Moore also prominent before going on.

Signora Cabello mounted a strong challenge under Frankie Dettori and John Quinn’s charge briefly looked as though she might follow up her Group Two victories in the Queen Mary Stakes and Prix Robert Papin.

Having been headed, Pretty Pollyanna found more and edged ahead close home for a three-quarters-of-a-length victory.

Karl Burke’s True Mason gave British runners a clean sweep, with Aidan O’Brien’s Land Force fourth.

De Sousa said: “She travelled well, like she did last time.

“Mr Bell said to keep it simple. She’s an improving filly and did it the hard way.

“I think she does get that trip, and going up to a mile shouldn’t bother her.”

Later in the afternoon Urban Fox was denied a second Group One success when collared close home by Nonza in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet.

Winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, the William Haggas-trained four-year-old made another strong bid for honours but was just run out of it in the final strides.

She hit the front in the straight under James Doyle, after Jessica Harington's I'm So Fancy had set the pace, but Nonza, trained by Henri-Francois Devin, was produced by Alexis Badel to land the spoils by a narrow margin.

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