Thursday 8 December 2016

Amazing Maria adds to O'Meara's success story

Tom Peacock

Published 03/08/2015 | 02:30

David O'Meara: climbing to dizzy new heights
David O'Meara: climbing to dizzy new heights

David O'Meara's career continued to climb to dizzy new heights as Amazing Maria emerged a decisive winner of yesterday's Group One Prix Rothschild at Deauville.

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At Goodwood on Friday, the North Yorkshire trainer had reached the 500th victory of a career which only began in 2010, and Amazing Maria is the latest example of O'Meara's genius with horses taken over from other trainers.

G Force and Move In Time both picked up Group One sprints last season after starting their racing lives elsewhere and Robert Ogden's grey Amazing Maria had lost her way following a promising start with Ed Dunlop.

She has now completed a notable hat-trick after landing the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes and the Falmouth Stakes.

Another British raider, Amulet, took the field along at a steady gallop, with Christophe Soumillon sitting poised along the stands' rail on Royal Ascot winner Ervedya, the even-money favourite.

Amazing Maria and Olivier Peslier then appeared towards the middle of the track and she had once again saved plenty for the finish as she came home a length and a quarter clear of Ervedya.

O'Meara said: "It's brilliant. She was unbelievable. She is obviously a very good filly.

"There was probably some doubt about whether she was truly a Group One filly after Ascot, but she's done it again twice since then and you would have to say she is among the best fillies in Europe now."

She is entered in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on September 12, which could see her on a collision course with Saturday's Nassau Stakes winner, Legatissimo.

That success put David Wachman's filly at the head of the pack over 10 furlongs, but the trainer believes she is just as effective over a mile.

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