Hard to look beyond the fly­ing Pollyanna

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WHILE to­day’s Mid­dle Park helps sort the men from the boys – as much as you can with two-year-old colts – the Cheve­ley Park is as a good barom­e­ter for iden­ti­fy­ing the top two-year-old fil­lies.

How­ever, it has a mixed record when it comes to find­ing longer-term Clas­sic prospects, with the last 1000 Guineas win­ner to do the dou­ble com­ing back in 2009/10 in the form of the French raider Spe­cial Duty, who was awarded the Guineas only af­ter a stew­ards’ en­quiry.

The filly who very much sets the stan­dard in this year’s re­newal is the Michael Bell-trained Pretty Pollyanna, the only run­ner in the field with a Group 1 suc­cess un­der her belt, hav­ing won the Prix Morny at Deauville (Sig­nora Ca­bello sec­ond, Com­edy eighth) last month.

She’s proven her­self to be the best ju­ve­nile filly around this sea­son, win­ning on de­but at Yarmouth in May, be­fore find­ing the Al­bany Stakes too stiff a task when fifth on just her sec­ond start. She took her form to an­other level, how­ever, when tak­ing apart the field in the Group 2 Duke of Cam­bridge Stakes at New­mar­ket in July on her next start (by seven lengths from An­gel’s Hide­away).

She was pushed a lot closer on her first try at the top level in the Morny on her most re­cent start, but found plenty to as­sert in the clos­ing stages and, clear on Time­form rat­ings, she should con­tinue to take all of the beat­ing.

Be­hind Pretty Pollyanna at Deauville was Sig­nora Ca­bello, one of the most pro­lific run­ners in the field with four ca­reer wins al­ready to her name. She has made great strides since her de­but at Bev­er­ley in April, win­ning Group 2 con­tests at both As­cot and Maisons-Laf­fitte dur­ing the sum­mer. While her win­ning run was brought to an end in the Morny, that was her best ef­fort yet, fin­ish­ing clear of the re­main­der, and she looks the main dan­ger to Pretty Pollyanna once more.

Ai­dan O’Brien has won the last two re­newals of this race, and he sad­dles So Per­fect, Fairy­land, and Gos­samer Wings. So Per­fect was an ex­cel­lent sec­ond up against the boys in the Phoenix Stakes and is open to progress back against her own sex, while Gos­samer Wings needs more on the form she has shown so far. Fairy­land is a more in­ter­est­ing con­tender, hav­ing won the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York last month (The Mackem Bul­let sec­ond, An­gel’s Hide­away ninth). She boasts some strong form, her de­feat of sta­ble­mates Van Beethoven and Land Force, both sub­se­quent Group 2 win­ners, at listed level at the Cur­ragh in May read­ing par­tic­u­larly well now.

Per­haps the most in­ter­est­ing of the Ir­ish con­tin­gent, how­ever, is Lady Kaya. She has shaped well in her four starts to date, not look­ing the fin­ished ar­ti­cle when fourth be­hind Skit­ter Scat­ter in the Group 2 Debu­tante Stakes at the Cur­ragh two starts ago, be­fore only just be­ing col­lared by the same ri­val in the fi­nal fur­long in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes last time.

The way she trav­elled through the race that day sug­gested that suc­cess at this level is no for­lorn hope. She has 12 lb to find with Pretty Pollyanna on Time­form weight-ad­justed rat­ings, but re­mains open to im­prove­ment.

The speed­ily-bred An­gel’s Hide­away won the Princess Mar­garet Stakes at As­cot in July but got worked up in the pre­lim­i­nar­ies when fail­ing to beat a ri­val home in the Lowther; she is bet­ter judged on pre­vi­ous ef­forts, but needs to get back on track.

Com­edy may have flopped in the Morny last month (raced alone on the stand rail), but she had won three in a row be­fore that and is not one to give up on just yet.

Two run­ners have been sup­ple­mented for the race at a cost of £20,000 – Queen of Ber­muda and The Mackem Bul­let. The for­mer ar­rives here fol­low­ing a ca­reer-best ef­fort to win the Group 3 Firth of Clyde Stakes at Ayr last week­end, a per­for­mance that sug­gested she is ca­pa­ble of run­ning to an even higher level.

The Mackem Bul­let al­most pulled off a 25/1 up­set in last month’s Lowther, edg­ing ahead in the fi­nal fur­long be­fore be­ing col­lared by a gutsy Fairy­land.

She prob­a­bly needs to im­prove again to jus­tify her con­nec­tions’ out­lay in sup­ple­ment­ing her for this.

Took on the boys: So Per­fect looks best of Ai­dan O’Brien’s three

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