Chain Of Daisies repeats 2015 success in Pride Stakes

Fri 13 Oct 2017

Chain Of Daisies won the concluding Join Club Godolphin Pride Stakes at Newmarket for the second time.

Henry Candy's mare claimed the Listed prize in 2015 and following creditable recent placed efforts at Newcastle and Windsor, she was a 7-2 chance to regain her crown.

Harry Bentley committed for home early and Chain Of Daisies was clear with two furlongs to run

Permission cut the deficit in the closing stages, but it was too little too late and Candy's charge was well on top at the line.

The trainer and jockey were completing doubles on the day following the earlier victory of Limato in the Group Two Challenge Stakes.

Candy said: "She is another who has just been waiting for some decent ground. She is useless as soon as there is any cut. She is a pretty fussy lady.

"She got them all in trouble without trying. I was going to send her home, but after that I think she might be able to win another Group race.

"That race at Windsor when she beat Ulysses took a lot out of her. She is back on song. I don't say she is as good as that form, but she is a good filly when things are right.

"Something like the Dahlia Stakes would be ideal."

Veracious confirmed debut promise with victory in the Godolphin Under Starters Orders Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

A daughter of Frankel out of the high-class mare Infallible, Sir Michael Stoute's filly was third on her racecourse debut at Newbury three weeks ago and was 3-1 to open her account at the second time of asking under Ryan Moore.

Veracious tracked Godolphin-owned newcomer and 11-4 joint-favourite Winter Lightning before committing for home and soon stamped her class on the field, readily pulling four lengths clear.

Winter Lightning was a clear second ahead of Final Treat in third.

Stoute said: "She's a nice filly and is bred to be as well. She likes this ground and it was not as nice at Newbury. She was much more professional today.

"She had impressed us in her work between the two races. We will leave it at that (for this season) and let her chill."

Asked whether Veracious could contest a Guineas trial next spring, the trainer added: "It's awful early to say but I would not rule it out. She has not got to that stage yet

"She will get more than a mile but I don't know how much more."

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