Horse Racing: A RED LETTER DAY FOR JAMIE.
RED EVIE rattled off seven straight wins last summer and started 2007 in similar fashion when slaying the colts at the highest level in the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
Although below-paronher final outing last September, the filly has been a model of consistency and broke through into Group One company in the Matron Stakes during the autumn.
She has now registered two wins in the highest echelon after swooping late under Jamie Spencer to deny Frankie Dettori and Godolphin's Italian import Ramonti by a head.
The supremely-talented filly graduated through the ranks last year and signalled her intent with a facile victory in the seven-furlong handicap on this card 12 months ago.
The four-year-old was sent off an 8-1 chance on her return to Newbury with Peeress, whom she defeated in the Matron Stakes, bouncing out the gates as the 11-8 favourite.
But Red Evie comprehensively confirmed the placings having tracked that rival from the rear of the field into the final two furlongs of the mile showpiece.
Once assuming the lead from last year's 1000 Guineas heroine Speciosa, Michael Bell's charge was challenged on both sides but was always in command.
Peeress, winner of the race last year, finished sixth of the eight runners.
Trainer Michael Bell said of his charge: "She is such an amazing filly. She does nothing at home and saves it all for the track.
"Jamie said going to the start that he knew the filly would run a big race, and that he would wait a bit longer before going to the front next time.
"She worked with an animal rated 77 last Saturday and she struggled to get to him but she saves it all for when she comes racing. If you had seen that work she would have been 66-1.
"She won a Group One last year and beat Peeress, and it is unusual to get these fillies to win two Group Ones.
"There was a big temptation to retire her last year but these good fillies don't come around too often so we kept her in training. The Queen Anne will be her next race."
Spencer, who has now ridden the Terry Neill-owned filly to six of her eight successes, said: "It was disappointing when she got beat on her last run last year but everyone is allowed an off-day.
"I was warned not to get into the head-wind and I probably got there a tad too soon but she was pulling up a little bit towards the end.
"She is extremely tough. She popped out the stalls and travelled supremely well."
Mark Johnston's well-backed Zaham justified the faith of the Berkshire punters when landing odds of 4-1 in the London Paddy Power Gold Cup.
Gold star: Zaham wins the Paddy Power Gold Cup; Classic show: Red Evie and Jamie Spencer land Lockinge