Lah Ti Dar is clear favourite for the Investec Oaks with most bookmakers after maintaining her unbeaten record with an ultimately comprehensive success in the Tweenhills Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket.
John Gosden’s filly is bred in the purple as a daughter of Dubawi out of three-times Group One-winning mare Dar Re Mi, and could not have been more impressive on her racecourse debut at Newbury last month.
She was the even-money favourite to provide her trainer with a fourth win in the last five years in this Listed contest, with Taghrooda most notably striking gold in 2014 en route to winning the Oaks at Epsom.
Runners and riders in action in the Pretty Polly Stakes, won in good style by Lah Ti Dar (Tim Goode/PA)
It was not entirely-plain sailing for La Ti Dar, as Expressiy put up a bold show from the front and Frankie Dettori had to get fairly serious with the market leader inside the final two furlongs.
However, she got the better of the argument in the final furlong and passed the post with three and a quarter lengths in hand.
She is as short as 7-2 for the Oaks at Epsom on June 1.
Gosden said: “Frankie said they didn’t go much pace and he said, ‘I’d better get close as this is going to be a bit of dash’.
“This ground was quick enough for her. Frankie said she had plenty left and just running down to the dip he was organising her a little bit, but it’s the second race of her life.
“In the last furlong he knew she had plenty left and she wants a mile and a half now on good ground.
“She learnt a lot and we’ll probably go to Epsom for the Breakfast With The Stars morning, just to let her have a nice feel of the hill there. Frankie thinks that would be a great idea and he’s very keen for her to go to the Oaks.”
Dettori added: “She’s a bit cold, but you always feel when you ride her there’s plenty left.
“I was concerned about the ground drying up because she’s a big girl and quickening down the dip is not fun when you’ve got long limbs.
“She managed it OK and I would say she’ll come on again for the experience.
“She’s a really top filly.