Antonia De Vega makes Classic impression with Prestige Stakes strike

Sat 25 Aug 2018

Antonia De Vega highlighted her talents in maintaining her unbeaten record with a devastating turn of foot in the Ladbrokes Prestige Stakes at Goodwood.

The Ralph Beckett-trained daughter of Lope De Vega, who holds Group One entries in the Fillies’ Mile and Moyglare Stud Stakes, followed up her debut success at Newmarket to claim an eyecatching victory in the Group Three prize – which at one staged seemed unlikely.

Despite being asked plenty of questions by Harry Bentley a fair way from the line in the seven-furlong event, the 5-2 joint-favourite responded in impressive fashion to motor past her rivals before defeating Accordance by a length and a quarter.

Bentley said: “I was travelling OK, but as I turned for home and came down the hill I was not 100 per cent with the way I was travelling. They all started to get tired in front and she just finished very strongly.

“She is already crying out for a trip and obviously that was her second run and she has done nothing wrong in both her starts.

“That will do her the world of good. There was a strong pace up front and it was good for her to be among horses. She is a very laid-back filly which makes my job easy.”

RaceBets introduced Antonia De Vega as the 16-1 second-favourite for next year’s Qipco 1000 Guineas, behind 10-1 favourite Pretty Pollyanna.

Bentley added: “She is crying out for at least another furlong, so the Fillies’ Mile looks an obvious target.”

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