Roly Poly proves to be ‘in­cred­i­ble filly’

Sunday Sun - - Racing -

THERE are few things that take Ai­dan O’Brien by sur­prise but the achieve­ments of Roly Poly ap­peared to have done that fol­low­ing her vic­tory in the King­dom of Bahrain Sun Char­iot Stakes at New­mar­ket.

Hav­ing had to live in the shadow of Win­ter for much of the year, the daugh­ter of War Front gained her third Group One suc­cess to move the Bal­ly­doyle trainer to 23 top-level wins for the sea­son and just two be­hind the late Bobby Frankel’s world record of 25.

Quickly as­sert­ing af­ter break­ing smartly, the 4-1 shot showed she has a heart that is much big­ger than her diminu­tive frame when prov­ing a length and a quar­ter too good for favourite Per­sua­sive, to com­plete a dou­ble for Ryan Moore.

O’Brien said: “She was a very good two-year-old, but she is not a very big filly. You of­ten look at the likes of her and you see them as just as a two-year-old, but she has pro­gressed and pro­gressed. She is an in­cred­i­ble filly.

“I think so (go to Breed­ers’ Cup), the lads (Cool­more) will de­cide what they want to do, but her and Rhodo­den­dron could be trained for the Filly And Mare race if that’s what the lads want to do.”

He added of be­ing on the brink of reach­ing Frankel’s record: “It would be in­cred­i­ble for ev­ery­body, but the horse al­ways comes first.”

Peter Chap­ple-Hyam could adopt a fa­mil­iar route with Just Bril­liant (100-30) af­ter he com­pleted Moore’s dou­ble when tak­ing divi­sion two of the 1st Se­cu­rity So­lu­tions EBF Stal­lions Novice Stakes by a length.

Chap­ple-Hyam said of the Trainer Ai­dan O’Brien 100-30 win­ner, who is a half­brother to for­mer Rac­ing Post Tro­phy win­ner Mar­cel: “He is a nice horse for next year. He is not as for­ward as Mar­cel was. He is in the Rac­ing Post Tro­phy.

“We will see how he is af­ter the race as he is still a frame of a horse.”

Mal­colm Saun­ders left the track in much bet­ter spir­its than 12 months ago af­ter Pix­eleen went one bet­ter in the Bri­tish EBF Breed­ers’ Fil­lies’ Se­ries Sprint Hand­i­cap, bat­tling back to get up by a nose to give jockey Adam Kirby a quickfire dou­ble.

Saun­ders said of the 12-1 win­ner: “She got done in the last stride last year, which was a bit of a shame, but she has made up for it to­day.

“There is a fil­lies’ Listed race back here next week and if she is al­right she could come back for that.”

The Char­lie Ap­pleby-trained Old Per­sian (8-11) got the ball rolling for Kirby with a fourand-a-half length vic­tory in divi­sion one of the mile novice con­test. Roly Poly (right) rid­den by Ryan Moore wins at New­mar­ket

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