Saturday 20 January 2018

Springs no surprise for backers

Ryan Moore
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Supporters of the odds-on Alice Springs had few anxious moments as Aidan O'Brien's filly outclassed the opposition in the £300,000 Tattersalls Millions Two-Year-Old Fillies' Trophy at Newmarket yesterday .

Sent off the 2-5 favourite after finishing fourth in the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes just a week earlier, the daughter of Galileo duly landed the odds with the minimum of fuss.

Ryan Moore had her tucked in just behind the leaders before coming through to lead inside the final furlong. Appreciating the extra furlong a week on, Alice Springs went on to score by four lengths from compatriot Clear Skies, trained by David Wachman. Ninetta was a length and a half away third.

"She won very easily," said Moore. "She's backed up quickly from last week. She was fourth in the Cheveley Park and third in the Moyglare. She's a very good filly and won nicely. She's by Galileo so I'm sure she'll get a bit further if needed."

French raider Esoterique may return to Britain in two weeks' time in a bid to complete a Group One hat-trick after landing the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes. Andre Fabre has not ruled out the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot for the five-year-old mare after she foiled Integral's attempt to repeat last year's success.

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