Pretty Pollyanna denies Signora Cabello in Prix Morny thriller at Deauville

Michael Bell’s filly claims Group One glory

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Pretty Pollyanna outpointed Signora Cabello in a terrific duel for the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville.

The two British-trained fillies dominated the finish and pulled well clear of their rivals in the closing stages, with Pretty Pollyanna just coming out on top for trainer Michael Bell and jockey Silvestre de Sousa.

Pretty Pollyanna had won the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes by seven lengths at Newmarket and showed that form was no fluke as she took the first Group One race of the season for two-year-olds in France.

Pretty Pollyanna was always in the front rank in the centre of the track as Comedy led on the near side and Land Force also prominent before going on.

Signora Cabello mounted a strong challenge and John Quinn’s charge briefly looked as though she might follow up her Group Two victories in the Queen Mary Stakes and Prix Robert Papin.

However, Pretty Pollyanna found more and edged ahead close home for a three-quarters-of-a-length victory.

Karl Burke’s True Mason gave British runners a clean sweep, with Aidan O’Brien’s Land Force fourth.

De Sousa said: “She travelled well, like she did last time.

“Mr Bell said to keep it simple. She’s an improving filly and did it the hard way.

“I think she does get that trip, and going up to a mile shouldn’t bother her.”

Betfair left Pretty Pollyanna unchanged at 12-1 for the Qipco 1000 Guineas, while BetVictor were more impressed – trimming her to 8-1 from 10s.

Bell said: “I’m delighted with her, and I was particularly encouraged by the last furlong because she stayed on really well to the line. It looks as though she is going to get further.

“Obviously, we would be thinking about making her into a Guineas filly and I think that last furlong, and the last half a furlong in particular, looks as though she has every chance of getting a bit further.”

The Newmarket trainer will discuss the next step for the filly with owners Bill and Tim Gredley.

“She’s in the Cheveley Park, she’s in the Moyglare,” he said.

“She had a hard race today. The Moyglare may come too soon but we’ll get her back, look at her, talk to the Gredleys and make a plan.”

Pretty Pollyanna denies Signora Cabello in Prix Morny thriller at Deauville
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