Per­fect Clar­ity in Clas­sic frame af­ter bat­tling tri­umph

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING -

FLAT­TER­ING was pushed back into third place as Per­fect Clar­ity en­tered the Clas­sic pic­ture with a game vic­tory in the Bet­fred Mo­bile Oaks Trial Fil­lies’ Stakes Ling­field. The for­mer failed to con­tinue trainer Ai­dan O’Brien’s fine run in the sig­nif­i­cant three-year-old races just a week af­ter her con­vinc­ing win at Cork.

Both her rider Ryan Moore and Adam Kirby, aboard Per­fect Clar­ity, lost their whips in the clos­ing stages when they put their mounts un­der pres­sure.

Casima made most of the run­ning to three fur­longs out but she was over­taken by Flat­ter­ing, though her lead did not last long. Per­fect Clar­ity (5-1), trained by Clive Cox, showed a will­ing at­ti­tude to ward off Cec­chini to land the spoils by a length and a quar­ter.

Cox said: “She’s only had one start pre­vi­ous. She was al­ways very nice.

“We’ve just brought her along qui­etly and ev­ery­thing’s been good. With ma­tu­rity, I think she could be very spe­cial. She’s an ex­cit­ing filly.

“I think we’ ll be Ep­som-bound now. “Per­fect Clar­ity was cut to around the at 20-1 mark about win­ning

Oaks at Ep­som on June 1.

Kirby said: “I thought this would be up her street, a good step­ping-stone. Hope­fully she’ll come for­ward again.

“She’s got speed, a turn of foot and is well balanced. She gets the trip no prob­lem. I think she’s got the class to go to Ep­som.”

Cox added: “We were pleased to use this as a start­ing point. Hope­fully she has given us enough con­fi­dence to go for­ward to Ep­som.

“She is quite chilled at home but she is quite busy and she is very strong. We’ve just had to take it a step at a time and thank­fully we’ve a nice filly to go for­wards with.”

Ralph Beck­ett was pleased with the per­for­mance of run­ner-up Cec­chini and has not ruled out a crack at the Oaks.

He said: “We will make a de­ci­sion nearer the time (re­gard­ing Ep­som) but I would be en­cour­aged.

“It was her first time on the turf. She got pushed wide on the straight and was slightly rac­ing on her own. But I would be en­cour­aged rather than dis­cour­aged.”

Mean­while, Knight To Be­hold ben­e­fit- the In­vestec ed from an en­ter­pris­ing ride by Richard Kingscote to win the Bet­fred Derby Trial at Ling­field.

Kingscote took Harry Dun­lop’s colt to the front once the field had set­tled down and got an un­con­tested lead.

Knight To Be­hold was at least six lengths clear en­ter­ing the straight and, hard as though Ryan Moore tried to close the gap on the well-backed 8-11 favourite Kew Gar­dens, the 7-1 shot was still three and a quar­ter lengths clear at the line.

Corelli was seven lengths back in third place.

Kingscote said: “He’s a proper horse. He showed a nice at­ti­tude.

“I was very pleased. I think he’ll learn plenty com­ing round that turn.”

Knight To Be­hold is now avail­able at odds of around 16-1 about win­ning the In­vestec Derby at Ep­som on June 2.

Dun­lop said: “My horse has im­proved quite a lot and we were just thrilled with the way he had done phys­i­cally.

“He was a horse that was al­ways go­ing to im­prove and we’ve loved him from day one. He is a won­der­ful mover.”

The Lam­bourn han­dler added: think, and hope, he’ll go to Ep­som. “I

“I was there when Erhaab won for dad (John Dun­lop) and I was only two when Shirley Heights won. See­ing Ed (Dun­lop, brother) win the Oaks with Ouija Board it is just an in­cred­i­ble place. It is amaz­ing and I’ve got to pinch my­self.”

Third-placed Corelli is un­likely to go to Ep­som, with his trainer John Gos­den look­ing fur­ther ahead to the St Leger.

“We will just take our time with him as I see him more as a Leger type,” he said. “I will just wait for some­thing like the Bahrain Tro­phy at the July Fes­ti­val.

“Frankie (Det­tori) said he still feels a lit­tle bit weak. He is a tall horse and has not yet filled out.”

At As­cot, Hay­ley Turner gained her big­gest vic­tory since com­ing out of re­tire­ment with a power-packed ride on Ripp Orf in the Vic­to­ria Cup.

Turner brought the David Elsworth-trained geld­ing to snatch vic­tory close home.

Turner had to starve her­self to do the re­quired 8st 1lb on the bot­tom weight and it paid off as Ripp Orf (20-1) de­feated the top weight Zhui Feng (28-1) by a neck.

Per­fect Clar­ity, rid­den by Adam Kirby, wins the Bet­fred Mo­bile Oaks Trial Fil­lies’ Stakes

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