Liberty Beach maintained her unbeaten record with an authoritative display in the Hilary Needler Trophy at Beverley.
Having made a successful racecourse debut at Redcar less than a fortnight ago, John Quinn’s filly was an 11-2 chance as she stepped up in class for a race widely regarded as a trial for the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The daughter of Cable Bay was nearer last than first as the eight-strong field raced inside the final two furlongs, at which stage Gay Kelleway’s Lady Quickstep – runner-up to Liberty Beach at Redcar – was in front.
However, Liberty Beach found top gear late on and was well on top as she passed the post two and a half lengths to the good.
The hat-trick seeking 9-4 favourite Rose Of Kildare also came from the rear to fill the runner-up spot, with newcomer Moon Of Love running an eye-catching race to beat Lady Quickstep to third after stumbling at a crucial stage and then staying on again at the death.
Quinn said of his winner: “She had to be pushed along in the first two furlongs, and it was almost like she’d had two races – but she’s a very nice filly, and stayed on really nicely.
“Visually, she was very impressive, so it was a lovely result.
“We’ll definitely think about Royal Ascot. There’s obviously the Queen Mary, and she’ll also be put in the Windsor Castle.”