International
<< Back to News
<< Back
Daban stakes Guineas claims with ready win in Nell Gwyn
20 Apr 2017 | Racingpost.com 

It is now the norm for Frankie Dettori to win the Nell Gwyn Stakes. It is also the norm for the Nell Gwyn winner to then not win the 1,000 Guineas.

With the trial now run and the Classic looming, John Gosden is not saying the latest Nell Gwyn heroine will win the Guineas - but he is also very much not saying she won't.

It was for Gosden that Dettori landed his first Nell Gwyn in 1999. Eighteen years on the pair once again teamed up, this time with a filly who had quickened smartly to win a Kempton maiden in November. That was promising. Upped significantly in class for her second start, the promise was fulfilled.

A deep field full of proven Group performers had assembled for a Lanwades Stud-backed contest that has not produced the Guineas winner since 2006. It is far from implausible Daban could bridge that gap, given she overcame racing keenly in the early stages to deliver a sustained challenge that carried her past Unforgetable Filly and Poet's Vanity.

Most bookmakers quote Daban for the Qipco-sponsored Classic at between 10-1 and 14-1, the same sort of odds attached to Saturday's Newbury-bound stablemate Dabyah, another to race for Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah.

"I don't see any reason why we wouldn't come back for the Guineas," said Gosden. "The owner also has Dabyah running in the Fred Darling, but Dabyah has been to France already, so maybe this filly will come here and Dabyah will go back to France.

"I asked the jockey today if she would stay a mile and he thinks she will. That's all I needed to hear."

The jockey who passed on those encouraging words has now claimed the last four Nell Gwyns. He certainly likes the fourth.

"She travelled like a winner and she quickened up well," said Dettori.

"John has kept banging on about her working well and saying she has a great turn of foot. He was spot on."

Assuming Daban returns here two weeks on Sunday, she will meet the second and third, whose connections were both pleased. "She's trialled and run very well, so we'll have a go on the big day," said Unforgetable Filly's trainer Hugo Palmer. Andrew Balding expects Poet's Vanity to "strip fitter" on that day.

Conversely, Ballydoyle pair Roly Poly and Brave Anna were disappointing in seventh and tenth. The operation's Rhododendron continues to head the Guineas betting at 3-1. In Daban, she may face a proper contender.

"She is the kind of filly who they will know they've had a race if they go by her," said Gosden. "She may well be in the frame. I wouldn't start banging any more than that but I also wouldn't discount her."

Gosden is entitled to be biased, but it seemed a fair assessment.




 
»Conquest Panthera prevails in Play the King Stakes

»Tesseron takes the lead in Turf Endurance Series

»Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Sunday

»Agony for Arrogate as late thrust fails to capture Collected

»Massaat gives Burrows first Group 2 success in Hungerford

»Group 1 Prix Morny wide open

»So Mi Dar heads Prix Jean Romanet field

»Cup favourite Red Cardinal faces tough test in Prix Kergorlay

»Crack Ballydoyle fillies Happily and September clash in Debutante

»Defoe storms to victory in Geoffrey Freer Stakes

»Seeking Albert in search of Breeders’ Stakes glory

»Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Saturday

»Lady Aurelia passes Dettori test with impressive workout

»Frontiersman bids to stop Defoe's scoring spree in Geoffrey Freer

»The Hungerford lowdown as Breeze bids to blow them away

»Quality UK racing this weekend

»Godolphin Flying Start trainees commence the 2017 - 2019 program

»Breeders’ Stakes could highlight big weekend for Kevin Attard

»Glenville Gardens to reign again in Play the King Stakes?

»Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Friday

Share/Bookmark

©Copyright 2006 - 2017 Thoroughbred News.
All rights reserved
Development and Design by Web Element