Dancealot hits the right step
Madam Dancealot led her rivals a merry dance in the Bathwick Tyres Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes at Salisbury.
The Joe Tuite-trained filly had won just one of her previous five starts and having seemingly been exposed at Pattern level in both the Queen Mary and Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot, she was a 10/1 shot for her latest Group-race assignment.
The daughter Sir Prancealot was a shade slowly away in the hands of Tom Queally, but soon nudged towards the front end and was in a clear lead against the rail as the field straightened up.
The challengers were queuing up two furlongs down, but Madam Dancealot refused to bend and galloped all the way to the line for an authoritative one-and-a-quarter-length success.
David Simcock's recent Brighton scorer Mystic Dawn was best of the rest in second, with her stable companion Pellucid coming from a long way back to grab third.
Queally said: "She's very straightforward and she hasn't had an easy time. I think that's why it's an extra special training performance – to keep her on the go and get her to peak on a day like today.
"She's very tough and I think it was a blessing in disguise she missed the break because I was able to gradually get there.
"I kicked soon enough. We said beforehand we were going to make her experience count and thankfully it told when it really mattered.
"The more I dug deep, the more I seemed to get.
"It's nice she's won this, but I wouldn't be surprised if she improved another little bit."
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