Cheveley Park: Clemmie Guineas favourite as O'Brien eyes Breeders' Cup

Sat 30 Sep 2017

Watch the closing stages of Clemmie's victory in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday and read our report from Newmarket with all the reaction from connections.

By staff

Clemmie completed a hat-trick to open her Group One account in the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.

The full-sister to dual Guineas hero Churchill added this prestigious contest to her Group Three and Group Two triumphs as she asserted at the end of the six-furlong trip.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien is now looking at pitching Clemmie in to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and the Ballydoyle representative is 10-1 with Paddy Power to prevail at Del Mar on November 4. She is also a general 4-1 favorite for next season's Qipco 1000 Guineas.

"I'm delighted with her, she's a full sister to Churchill so we have always thought the world of her," O'Brien said.

"She wants further but it's her class that gets her through over six furlongs. She's been progressing with every run and coming along lovely home and to show that kind of class over six furlongs you would have to be over the moon.

"She's a lot like Churchill, she's right in his mould. She's got a great mind, plenty of speed, stays well and nothing fazes her so she's a filly to look forward to.

"The lads will discuss what they want to do but she would have no problem going to the Breeders' Cup, a mile on nice ground would be right up her street.”

Treasuring took the field along with Different League and Madeline close up, but Clemmie made her bid two furlongs out and was vying for the lead.

Different League looked a big danger but she could find no extra in the final 100 yards as Clemmie (15-8 favourite) pulled away in the hands of Ryan Moore to score by a length and three-quarters.

Madeline was a further length and a half away in third place.

Moore said: "She's very, very high-class and travelled beautifully throughout.

The Cambridgeshire Meeting - Day Three - Newmarket Racecourse Clemmie looks perfectly suited to the demands of the Breeders' Cup (PA)

"It was a messy enough sort of race, but she always had herself in the right position, she was very comfortable and always felt in control.

"Hopefully there's more to come. It's been a while since she ran here in the summer, she's improved from every start and I'd say she'll continue to do so.

"She's not stopping in her races and is giving me every indication she'll go further."

O'Brien added: "To be showing that kind of class over six furlongs, you'd be over the moon. She's very much like Churchill - she's right in his mould. Obviously he's a colt and she's a filly, but she has a great mind and plenty of speed and nothing fazes her.

Different League's trainer Matthieu Palussiere is eager for a rematch with Clemmie back at the Rowley Mile next season: "We are delighted with her. She keeps putting up great performances. You would imagine she will keep improving with her physique.

"Her first two runs in France were just good gallops basically. She travelled well. I left it all up to the jockey and he knew what to do anyway.

"She was beaten by a filly that is improving. You would have to think about taking the winner on again. She has a great temperament. It nearly is as good as Ascot (when she won the Albany). Her run in the Prix Morny was good as well.

"I would say that it is for the year. I would say she will have a prep race before the Guineas."

Trainer Roger Varian was delighted with third-placed Madeline and is also thinking of travelling to Del Mar: "She ran very well and I am delighted. She is an honest, talented filly but she didn't quite have the guns to win. She ran a good race and she has ran well all year.

"She is very easy to train and turns up every time. Andrea (Atzeni) was pleased. He said she hit a flat spot, which she did in the Lowther, and she probably needs to go further.

"She didn't come down the hill like the first two, but when she met the rising ground she stayed on.

"We will see how she is but we might consider the Juvenile Fillies' Turf at Del Mar. The way she has stayed on, she would get a flat American two-turn mile and she will be better on faster ground."

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