Lady zooms to Listed honours
A review of the action from Newmarket as Charlie McBride celebrated the biggest winner of his career in Britain with Spiritual Lady.
Frankie Dettori was seen to good effect on favourite Spiritual Lady
Charlie McBride celebrated the biggest winner of his career in Britain after Spiritual Lady eased to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms "Bosra Sham" EBF Fillies' Stakes at Newmarket.
Having been withdrawn from a valuable sales race at Doncaster on her intended last outing after playing up in the stalls, the daughter of Pastoral Pursuits looked a reformed character in the six-furlong Listed prize as she made it three wins from four starts.
Settled close to the rear of the field by Frankie Dettori, the 3/1 favourite moved into contention in almost effortless fashion before hitting the front around furlong from home.
Once in command the former champion jockey only needed to push the two-year-old out with hands and heels to cross the line a length and a half clear of Spy Ring.
McBride said: "I don't know what upset her at Doncaster. She has never been like that before. She has been a Christian since and done everything right stalls-wise.
"She was so relaxed in the pre-parade ring she was almost horizontal. She is a very relaxed filly. She has got bags of speed. Maybe six is her trip."
He added: "She is going to have rest now. We will give her a winter off and see what happens in the spring.
"Normally if I have one this good we start off in the Nell Gwyn. It would be the obvious place to try seven furlongs.
"I love this filly and ride her myself quite a bit. I've always said she is the best I've trained. If she does stay she will be a force to be reckoned with.
"That is my first black-type winner in England. I've been close a few times."
Dettori said: "Charlie was very keen for me to ride her. She was the perfect push-button ride. She travelled and quickened and was a joy to ride really."
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