Saturday 18 November 2017

Misty For Me can prosper in 1,000 Guineas

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Misty For Me can prosper in 1,000 Guineas In her final two outings as a juvenile last term, Misty For Me progressed to win two Group Ones, the Moyglare at The Curragh and the Prix Marcel Boussac in Longchamp. On the latter outing in France, the Galileo filly beat Helleborine, the same horse which Moonlight Cloud accounted for on her seasonal debut.

When previously successful under Seamie Heffernan in the Moyglare, Misty For Me slammed Memory by over seven lengths. Richard Hannon's filly may yet prove herself better than that, but Misty For Me has already done it.

While she was beaten by Laughing Lashes, which reopposes for Jessica Harrington tomorrow, at The Curragh early last season, she had to take up the running a long way out that day.

Virginia Waters, O'Brien's previous winner of this, managed only one win in four as a juvenile, so Misty For Me's August defeat is not off-putting.

Havant, representing the Michael Stoute-Ryan Moore axis, is the only unbeaten filly in the race. However, a mile on fast ground may not be in that one's favour.

Stoute and Moore could get on the score sheet with Eleanora Duse in the Qatar Bloodstock Dahlia Stakes. While this is an open Group Three and Eleanor Duse must concede weight, the Azamour filly may be a cut above her 10 rivals.

A winner of a Listed race and the Group Two Blandford Stakes at The Curragh last term, she is progressive. In between those wins, Eleanora Duse managed a Group One third behind Midday and Snow Fairy in the Yorkshire Oaks, so this is a drop in class.

Irish Independent

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