Charlton retains Fair Eva faith
Trainer Roger Charlton has revealed an excuse for Fair Eva after she failed to run up to expectations in Sunday's Qipco 1000 Guineas.
The daughter of Frankel looked a potential superstar after winning her first two starts as a juvenile last season.
She blotted her copybook with short-priced defeats in the Lowther Stakes at York and the Rockfel at Newmarket, but was still well fancied for the first fillies' Classic of the season over the Rowley Mile.
While she was far from disgraced in finishing fifth, Charlton feels his filly is better than she showed on the day.
"I thought she travelled really well throughout the race and then when he (James Doyle) pulled her out, there wasn't as much response as we'd hoped for," said the Beckhampton handler.
"She blew very hard after the race and when we got back to the racecourse stables we scoped her. One of the senior vets from Newmarket reported that she had an abnormal amount of debris in her trachea – that's mud and grass.
"We know the ground was fast, so it had to have been a bit of kickback. It was very bad luck to have got it. She obviously inhaled it.
"The vet said it would have affected her performance. Whether it affected her performance by half a length or two lengths, we will never know, but she's possibly better than that. We'll see in the future."
Charlton is keen to give Fair Eva another chance over a mile.
The three-year-old holds entries in the Irish 1,000 Guineas on May 28 and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 23.
"I know everyone said she didn't stay, but I think she does stay and she'll more than likely run over a mile again next time," the trainer told At The Races.