Early autumn brings thoughts of spring. Horseracing is always about thinking ahead and as the season turns we will begin to dream of next year and the promise of two year old precociousness turning to three year old maturity. It’s always about the future with the juvenile crop and over the course of the next three months the promise of the future will draw out on our minds.
Ireland’s premier juvenile fillies contest is upon us and next time we see the winner of this contest could be at Newmarket next spring.
Well, Maybe. Unbeaten in four she has progressed and improved with every run. In the Debutante Stakes last time she had 2 1/2 L to spare over Yellow Rosebud for a comfortable success. Previously she had a 1/4 L to spare over La Collina, Italian for The Hill, in the Silver Flash Stakes and before that was an impressive winner in the Chesham Stakes.
After the Silver Flash Kevin Prendergast sent his filly to the Phoenix Stakes where she was unconsidered by the market when up against the boys. Returned at 33/1 she had a neck to spare over Power. Now back with her own kind she renews rivalry with Maybe.
Fire Lily was second in the Lowther cementing her Anglesey win which was a step up on her performance in the Queen Mary. She is definitely a filly going the right way and the further she goes the better she’ll get.
Princess Sinead represents Jessica Harrington. She won her maiden at third time of asking comfortably having previously finished 5 L behind Maybe. It’s significant she hasn’t run for two months as she bore the mark of a good filly in her maiden success.
Rubina is inexperienced having only had the two starts. She won her maiden at first time of asking and went to the Debuntante where she was a creditable fourth. It’s worth noting John Oxx pushes on with her so she must be highly thought of.
Teolane went off favourite for the Albany Stakes and her disappointing run wasn’t reversed next time out when last in the Debutante. Soon’s Galway win and her 5 L deficit to Maybe gives her a squeak. This also applies to Coral Wave beaten a head here last week.
We are reminded that spring is coming. La Collina has already climbed the hill when beating the colts. She might keep our thoughts warm through winter.