Horse Racing: A PERFECT DAY.
JEREMY NOSEDA has enjoyed an embarrassment of riches among his juvenile fillies this season, and Simply Perfect ended her first term in the manner that her name suggested by winning the Group 1 Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile.
All eyes await the return of Noseda's breathtaking Cherry Hinton Stakes winner Sander Camillo in her Group 1 assignment in the Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Friday, but the spotlight was on Simply Perfect this time - and how she hogged the limelight.
The 11-4 shot looked relaxed in the paddock beforehand and soon settled off the pace set by Sesmen. Then, when Treat went on over two furlongs out, that move was covered by Darryll Holland. Sending the daughter of Danehill to the front over a furlong out, she edged right in front of the leader, causing Jamie Spencer to brake, but any threat to the result was dismissed at the stewards' inquiry after Simply Perfect's length-and-a-half success.
Holland said: "I told Jeremy when she worked the other day that she is a strong little filly who remembers the Queen Mary and still has got that speed, but she really dropped her head and settled today. She is very tough - that's her attribute, and she probably wants better ground."
Noseda added: "She is a tough, honest filly who was fast enough to finish placed in the Queen Mary, and to be still going forward as she has is a great credit to her. I couldn't have asked for more and I am sure that will be it for the season."
He added: "As long as the ground is fast, Sander Camillo will run in the Cheveley Park - we've got two good fillies in the Guineas."
There is no question in the bookmakers' minds who is the better of the two. Simply Perfect is a general 16-1 shot for the first fillies' Classic, while William Hill yesterday hardened Sander Camillo to 4-1 favourite (from 9-2), with both Ladbrokes and Coral going 5-1.
Treat was making a quick return to action after landing her maiden at Nottingham eight days earlier, but she certainly gave her horde of owners from Highclere Thoroughbred Racing something to dream about during the winter.
Her trainer Mick Channon said: "I have always thought a lot of her and she is such a laid-back filly. She did nothing wrong and was probably beaten by a filly who was more streetwise. I am looking forward to getting her over a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half next year."
Result Meon Valley
Stud Fillies' Mile
1 Simply Perfect 11-4
2 Treat 16-1
3 English Ballet 5-2f
Owner Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier
Trainer Jeremy Noseda
Jockey Darryll Holland
Groom Barry Smith
Breeder Trehedyn Stud and Quarry Bloodstock
Distances 1 1/2 l, 3/4 l
Simply Perfect (second left) goes clear under Darryll Holland with the stewards ruling out any interference
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Sep 24, 2006|
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