Eternal Pearl secures Champions Day ticket with Newmarket win

Fri 23 Sep 2022

Eternal Pearl booked her place in Charlie Appleby’s Qipco British Champions Day squad after finishing with a flourish to extend her winning streak to four in the Princess Royal Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Stakes at Newmarket.

Beaten on each of her first three starts in the spring, the Frankel filly belatedly got off the mark when justifying cramped odds at Kempton in June and has not looked back.

Following Listed success on the July Course in the Aphrodite Fillies’ Stakes, Eternal Pearl won the Prix Minerve at Deauville last month and was the 6-4 favourite to make it back-to-back Group Three wins on the Rowley Mile under William Buick.

Another victory did not look likely racing inside the final two furlongs, with the Roger Varian-trained Peripatetic quickening clear in the hands of Ryan Moore.

But once meeting the rising ground, Eternal Pearl made swift inroads and reeled in the leader late to prevail by three-quarters of a length.

Paddy Power cut the winner to 8-1 from 10-1 for the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes and Appleby confirmed that Group One contest is next on her agenda.

He said: “She’s a lovely, big, scopey filly who is doing nothing wrong. She’s a typical Frankel – she stays for fun. What we’ve done is let her develop to allow her to do what she is doing now.

“It was always our idea to get some more confidence into her. We missed the Prix Vermeille to wait for this and then go Fillies & Mares.

“She’s not the quickest from the gates and tends to warm into the race, but at halfway I was beginning to think William would need some gaps from where he was as they were all nice fillies.

“She stays well and when she hit the rising ground, she quickened visibly. After Deauville we did think of the Vermeille, but just thought we’d sidestep that and carry the penalty here.”

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