Wuheida wins Marcel Boussac

Wuheida took Group One glory in the Total Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly for Charlie Appleby and William Buick.

Wuheida stays on strongly to win the Marcel Boussac

An impressive winner of a Newmarket maiden on debut, the Dubawi filly was always prominent as she tracked Frankie Dettori and Dabyah with Promise To Be True in third.

Dettori kicked for home in the straight but never opened up an advantage on Wuheida who ground her rival down in the closing stages to get up and score.

Promise To Be True did all of her best work in the closing stages and snatched second but Frankel filly Toulifaut, who was bought for 1.9 million euros on Saturday, never got competitive after finding herself short of room in the straight.

Sky Bet slashed Wuheida to 10/1 favourite (from 20s) for the Qipco 1000 Guineas next spring but Appleby already has his eyes on Epsom.

"We did not expect her to win like that, but we knew stepping up to a mile was the way forward," he said.

"She saw out that trip well, and I've always thought of her as an Oaks filly. The further she goes, the better she'll be."

He added: "It's Dubawi's first Group One winner as a two-year-old, so that's such a nice feather in the cap.

"It was a fantastic ride by William. We thought Frankie would be on the front end and try to dictate (on Dabyah), so we were always going to be positive."

Aidan O'Brien said of the runner-up: "She's still a bit of a baby, but she's run very well. My first reaction is not to take her to the Breeders' Cup and to leave her and wait for next year."

John Gosden felt Dabyah just found the petrol tank emptying close home, saying: "A great run, but she was quite keen from that draw and she has got the seven and a half but not the mile.

"Making so much use of her just told in the end and we will call it a draw for the year."

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