Delectation could be smart

Bryan Smart has his fingers crossed connections of Delectation decide to keep her in Britain next season in order for her to be given the chance to develop into a Qipco 1000 Guineas contender.

Bryan Smart is hoping Delectation (r) stays in the yard

The two-year-old maintained her unbeaten record on Saturday when providing her sire Delegator with a first Pattern-race success after following up her debut victory at Thirsk with a win in a six-furlong Group Three event Ayr.

Although the Australian Bloodstock-owned filly still has to prove she has the stamina for a mile, the North Yorkshire-handler feels she should have no problems getting the trip in the opening fillies' Classic, for which she is a general 33-1 chance.

Smart said: "I thought if she wins after the start she made on Saturday, she is as good as I think she is.

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"She did a stunning piece of work before she went up there and I was very happy with her going into the race. She has got a great attitude and is very professional.

"I was very pleased with her. When she changed her legs, she quickened up well. We will have a see what comes along, but I am not saying I've drawn stumps yet.

"I really hope they (owners) leave her in Britain and don't take her to Australia. The trainer wants her to stay, but it is up to them. It's their decision.

"I'd like to think she would strengthen up over the winter and go on again to be aimed at one of the Guineas trials.

"I really don't think she would have any problems getting the mile trip, as she settles and you can put her anywhere in a race.

"The 1000 Guineas is one of those races I've always wanted to win."

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