Godolphin filly Laughs at rivals

Laugh Aloud justified odds-on favouritism in effortless fashion to continue her progression in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes.

John Gosden’s filly looked the obvious one on paper and James Doyle had the Godolphin-owned 4/5 favourite settled in third place behind Tisbutadream and Absolute Blast.

Having come down Tattenham hill, Doyle briefly had to shake her up, but within strides she was back on the bridle alongside Absolute Blast.

Once given the office, the Dubawi filly shot clear in the style of a potential Group One performer, winning by five lengths from Absolute Blast.

Doyle said: “She was impressive, when I let her go she travelled into it so well and scampered up the hill – it felt good. She’s deserves a crack at it (Group One) now, she’s going in the right direction and that was pretty authoritative.”

Gosden said: “She is a lovely filly that is getting better and stronger with age. She has learnt to settle a bit more in her mind. Today we thought there might be pace and I said to James to sit off it and let them fight it out and come with a late run.

“That bodes well if we are going to Ascot for the Duke of Cambridge, which is a stiff mile. I am great believer of going one step at a time. This was a Group Three and that is a Group Two. She is as wide as she is tall and is very strong now.”

Archie Watson was delighted with the run of Absolute Blast: “She’s been massive for us, our first Listed winner and I’m delighted to see the form translate to turf.

“The track might not have suited, we’ll pick and choose our races with her.

“I might take her abroad, there’s a Group Three in Germany for her.

“We’re only a small yard and nothing I have can get near her. I’m sure she’ll win a Group race.”


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