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Dandalla preserves unbeaten record to claim Cambridge crown

Fri 10 Jul 2020

Watch how the Karl Burke-trained filly followed up her Royal Ascot success under Ben Curtis at Newmarket on Friday.

Dandalla maintained her unbeaten record with a narrow victory in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.

An impressive winner on her racecourse debut at Newcastle in early June, Karl Burke's filly successfully graduated to Group Three company with a brilliant display in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The daughter of Dandy Man was the well-supported even-money favourite for her latest assignment at Group Two level - and while it was hard work in the testing conditions, she displayed courage to go with her class to complete her hat-trick.

Ridden by Ben Curtis, Dandalla raced in midfield for much of the way before throwing down her challenge racing inside the last of six furlongs.

Fev Rover - like the winner carrying the colours of Nick Bradley Racing - emerged as the biggest threat as the post loomed, but the market leader held on by a head.

Curtis said: "I thought after Ascot she'd be better on better ground, but we've come here and the ground is definitely more holding and she hasn't travelled with the same fluency. She showed that she has guts and determination today, mixed with class and a great attitude.

"I don't think the ground is for her and I was trying not to give her a hard race in the last furlong - I just kept her going with hands and heels as she had her head down to the floor and I was confident we were doing enough.

"I don't think she'll have any problem going further in time, but six furlongs seems ideal at the moment - I think we'd be happy enough to leave her there for the time being.

"It's great for the owners - there are a couple here today with Nick Bradley. They're obviously over the moon, getting the one-two, and it's great to have owners back on course."

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