Muir sets sights on Salisbury with Final Option

Promising filly to test Group-race waters

  • Monday 02 September
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Final Option will bid to confirm the promise of her winning debut when she steps up to Group Three company in the Shadwell Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury on Thursday.

The William Muir-trained daughter of Lethal Force put up a taking performance at Ripon to beat Feelinlikeasomeone by four and a half lengths.

Muir feels Final Option, who holds an entry in he Group One Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes, is ready for this test on the back of that success.

“The performance was good on her debut. The horse that finished eight and a half lengths behind her in fourth (Ventura Flame) went out and won a nursery in his next race,” said the Lambourn handler.

“She’s improved for the run so we’re going to go there and see what happens. She’s in very good order.

Muir is hoping to pick up some black type with another promising two-year-old in Pyledriver, who goes for the Listed 32Red Casino Ascendant Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.

The Harbour Watch colt has already had one attempt at that level when fourth to Thunderous in the Washington Singer Stakes at Newbury, after winning first time out at Salisbury.

Muir felt the race was not run to suit his staying type and is expecting improvement when tackling a mile.

“I thought the race at Newbury was run differently to first time out,” he said.

“They went slow and turned it into a sprint. This horse will stay and it didn’t actually suit us on the softer ground, but I still think he ran very well because the form has worked out well since.

“He wasn’t beaten far by some tasty, tidy horses. Whatever this horse does now his future lies in front of him. It’s not just this year, but if I could get some black type it would be wonderful for the mare (La Pyle).

“He’s stepping up to a mile. I think that will help him.”

Muir sets sights on Salisbury with Final Option
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