Pretty Baby takes Group Three honours in Chartwell heat

William Haggas eyeing step up in class

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Pretty Baby demonstrated she is as game as she is consistent with victory in the RaceBets Million Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes.

Having signed off last season with victory in a Group Three at Goodwood, the daughter of Orpen continued where she left off by striking at the same level on her seasonal return in the seven-furlong event to make it five wins from seven career starts.

Faced with the widest draw of all in stall one, and the slowest ground she had encountered, the William Haggas-trained four-year-old rallied well after being momentarily headed late on to get back up and deny Perfection by a head.

Haggas said of the 15-8 winner: “I thought she was cooked at the furlong pole, but she stayed on well. She is very tough, genuine filly.

“She had a bad draw and James (Doyle) clearly decided to let her slide across and bowl along, but he didn’t quite get the rail as one snuck up the inside.

“She is in the Duke Of Cambridge and I do want to try her at a mile some time, but we’ve got to get up into bigger races now.

“She was kept in training to do this and she has done. The draw wasn’t ideal, but she likes winning. She is very hard to get by.”

Ryan Moore was the man to follow in the saddle after securing a treble on the day which was completed by a three-quarter-length verdict for Alhakmah in the Sky Sports Racing On Virgin 535 Fillies’ Novice Stakes.

Tom Ward, assistant to trainer Richard Hannon, said of the 7-4 winner: “She deserved to get that as she has run second a few times. She got beat by the filly of Roger Varian’s (Yourtimeisnow) who won the Dick Poole, so her form is solid enough.

“She has got a mark of 85, so hopefully they won’t touch that. Six furlongs looks to be her trip.”

The combination of Moore and Hannon had proved to be a winning formula earlier on the card after War Glory, who is blind in his right eye, gained his first win on turf at the 19th attempt when taking the 99 (No Flake) Farewell Handicap by a length and a half.

Ward said of the 7-2 winner: “He is blind in his right eye but he tries hard. He just struggles with horses coming on the right of him as he thinks he has won on his side. Ryan said he loved the ground and he gave him a beautiful ride.”

Anthony Van Dyck (2-1) became the latest Aidan O’Brien-trained runner to put himself in the frame for next month’s Investec Derby when getting the ball rolling for Moore in the Listed RaceBets Derby Trial Stakes.

Dance Legend will have Listed and Group race prizes on her agenda after giving trainer Rae Guest his first winner on the turf this year in the Millgate Handicap.

Guest said of the 4-1 winner: “We thought she would stay as she is by Camelot and we know she likes this ground.

“We were thinking about the Bronte Cup at York and there are races like the Lillie Langtry at Goodwood and the Park Hill as we know she gets further than a mile and a half.”

Probert was completing a double after taking the opening Visit Handicap aboard Neff (7-1).

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