Wilamina delights in Princess Elizabeth Stakes

Straightforward for Dettori at Epsom

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Frankie Dettori got on the score sheet on Derby day as Wilamina landed the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom.

Martyn Meade’s filly had finished second, albeit at a respectable distance, to the now-retired Wuheida last time out.

Despite being drawn eight of eight, Dettori was able to get a good early position behind the leader Lincoln Rocks before kicking on two furlongs out.

Richard Hannon’s Anna Nerium was last round Tattenham Corner but began to make ground hand over fist when Tom Marquand got her balanced, although but she was always running out of ground.

Sent off the 7-2 joint-favourite, Wilamina held on by three-quarters of a length.

Dettori said: “I was drawn eight, but I got a good pitch. I knew she’d stay, so I kicked early. Some horses handle Epsom and she went around Tattenham Corner like it was flat.

“She did everything I asked her to and she won nicely, without really asking her for much. She’s got a good temperament and a big heart, and why not (go for a Group race)?

“When horses get on an upward curve they can do anything.”

Meade said: “She has been knocking on the door all the time and this great for her really. She had a fantastic time at Newmarket last time and now it’s all come good.

“I’m so thrilled for her as she is such a trier. She was just in her element and seemed to love the whole thing. She is a lovely mare.

“We will give her a little bit of time to see if she is good enough to step up to a Group Two or even go to France later on to try a Group One.

“I don’t know about Ascot (Duke of Cambridge). I don’t think we would want to run her too quickly. If you go to the well too often that’s when you get disappointed.

“She knew this was the time to get her head and in front and she did. I couldn’t be more pleased with her.”

Hannon said of the runner-up: said: “She ran a great race and I’m delighted.

“She was a little bit unlucky and she was taking on older fillies for the first time and she has come from a long way back. As soon as she gets this ground she is extremely capable.

“We will think about the Coronation Stakes. She is a very good filly but when she gets her toe in she is a lot better.”

Wilamina delights in Princess Elizabeth Stakes
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