Breathtaking performance thrills Williams

Group Three honours for filly in Sceptre Stakes

  • Friday 13 September
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Breathtaking Look was a surprise winner of the Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster.

Despite having won a couple of handicaps on the July course at Newmarket earlier in the summer, the Stuart Williams-trained filly looked to have plenty on her plate stepping up to Group Three level – and was priced accordingly at 20-1.

However, Jim Crowley’s mount was soon in front and had most of her rivals in trouble with a couple of furlongs still to run.

The James Fanshawe-trained Preening finished to good effect from further back in the field, but Breathtaking Look was never in serious danger of being caught and passed the post with a length in hand.

Mot Juste was just half a length further away in third, with Posted best of the rest in fourth.

Williams said: “We’re pleased with her. We decided she’d won some decent handicaps this year and she was up in the 90s, so we thought we’d have a go at some black type.

“To be honest if there had been a seven-furlong Listed race somewhere for her I’d have run her in that, but I couldn’t find one, so we decided to come here.

“She’s been in good form and Jim rode her perfectly. Very pleased.”

He added: “We’ve been really patient with her. I think she’s quite a high-class filly and she’ll improve again.

“We’ll have a look and see what is available for her. I don’t know at this stage if she’ll stay in training next year or be retired. Her owner is a breeder.

“I think we’ll run again before the end of the season, but she might not race next year.”

In-form Crowley, who enjoyed a double on the second day of the meeting, said: “We got an easy lead out in front. I started picking it up between the three and the two and I kept waiting for them to come and get me, and nothing did.

“She’s done very well and has been consistent all season. It’s nice to top it off that way.

“She’s tough and got the job done.”

Breathtaking performance thrills Williams
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