Somehow delivers in Dahlia

Somehow ridden by Ryan Moore wins the Charm Spirit Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket

Somehow proved much too good for her opponents in the Group Two Charm Spirit Dahlia Stakes.

Aidan O'Brien's filly was making a swift reappearance after having claimed a Listed prize at Gowran last Sunday and was the 13/8 favourite under Ryan Moore.

Elbereth set the fractions in front and saw off the majority of her rivals, but had no answer when Somehow ranged up alongside and the Ballydoyle inmate comfortably extended three and a quarter lengths clear at the line.

Elbereth was a long way clear of the remainder in second.

O'Brien said: "We're delighted with her. We thought she was a very nice filly last year.

"She loves following pace and she quickens very well.

"She also likes fast ground, which is also a big help to her. She loves racing. She's very straightforward.

"We might have a look at the Lockinge (Newbury) or something like that."

Moore said: "Her two runs this year have been excellent.

"I think she's shown herself to be a high-class filly and she's dealt with them very easily."

Elbereth's trainer Andrew Balding said: "It was worth having a go because she was 100 per cent ready to run and she ran to the best of her ability.

"The Duke of Cambridge (Royal Ascot) will be too sharp for her.

"She is actually in the Coronation Cup (Epsom) and if it looks like it is going to cut up with only four or five runners, we might have a go at that as she handles the track well."

Francois Doumen said of Dahlia third Aim To Please: "I didn't expect these undulations to be a problem for her but they were.

"It is the best field she has competed against but she was running on well. It seems like there is still a bit of improvement in her.

"There is the Duke of Cambridge for her and there are also options in France – we could wait for the Rothschild."

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