Friday 14 December 2018

Polydream makes it a magnificent seven for Head

Three-year-old filly Polydream travelled strongly in the middle of the pack. Stock photo: Getty Images
Three-year-old filly Polydream travelled strongly in the middle of the pack. Stock photo: Getty Images

James Wilcox

Polydream lunged late to provide trainer Freddy Head with a seventh victory in the LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

The French trainer saddled Marchand D'Or to win three consecutive renewals of the six-and-a-half-furlong Group One between 2006-08 and the brilliant mare Moonlight Cloud repeated the feat between 2011-13.

Three-year-old filly Polydream travelled strongly in the middle of the pack.

George Scott's James Garfield led a trio of runners on the far side of the track for the duration of the race and Frankie Dettori's mount looked set to prevail entering the final furlong.

However, Maxime Guyon conjured a late burst out of Polydream and she poked her head in front in the shadows of the post.

Head said "She's a smashing filly with a lot of speed. She was the right type (for the race) and she reminds me of Moonlight Cloud. I don't know if we're going to do it three times with this filly, but she's very good."

Polydream beat the high-class Laurens as a two-year-old before rounding off her juvenile campaign by chasing home Wild Illusion in the Prix Marcel Boussac.

She finished last of 14 runners on her return to action in the French 1000 Guineas in May, before bouncing back with a comprehensive victory in a seven-furlong Group Three at ParisLongchamp."

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