Quadrilateral wins the bet365 Fillies’ Mile
The Group 1 Fillies’ Mile was the feature race on the first day of Newmarket’s Future Champions Festival and it went to Roger Charlton’s exciting unbeaten filly Quadrilateral.
In the race Quadrilateral, who started 9/4 favourite, was held up behind the leaders but as the race developed three out she came under pressure and looked beaten at one stage. However, switched to the far rail, she started to respond as they approached the furlong pole, at which point she was still only fourth. The further they went the stronger she ran on and as they approached the post she passed Powerful Breeze and won with only a head to spare.
“Two out I thought we weren’t running well,” said Charlton after the race, adding “it was a proper test, she did it 100%.” Quadrilateral is related to Three Valleys who Charlton trained with success at two but he had no hesitation in nominating this filly as the best of her age and sex he has handled,
“I haven’t won a Group 1 with a two-year-old filly so she would be the best I’ve had.”
Bookmakers were impressed and Paddy Power immediately halved the filly’s odds for next season’s 1,000 Guineas to 5/1 from 10s. Charlton also suggested the filly, who is by Frankel, might stay more than a mile and the same firm quote her at 10/1 favourite for the Oaks.
It was a first domestic Group 1 winner for jockey Jason Watson who has enjoyed a successful first season for Quadrilateral’s trainer Roger Charlton who he joined as stable jockey after winning last year’s apprentice title.
Earlier in the card another potential 1,000 Guineas contender emerged as Rose Of Kildare continued her upwards trajectory with a win in the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes. Trainer Mark Johnston was full of praise for his filly who he felt had been underrated when winning a Group 3 contest at Ayr last time. Clearly taking delight that Rose Of Kildare had proved the doubters wrong Johnston suggested that the 1,000 Guineas was a probable target, “it wouldn’t be impossible that we went straight there”, he said, referencing next year’s classic.
One thing the fillywon’t need to prove is her toughness or durability as she was having her twelfth run of a busy season. She’s won five of those starts and has come a long way since her debut in April when she was beaten in a class 5 novice auction race at Brighton, she must also rank as one of the great bargains as she only cost 3,000 euros.