Summer special in Princess Elizabeth

Classy performance form Appleby filly.

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Summer Romance bounced back to form with an authoritative performance in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom.

The Godolphin-owned filly looked potentially very smart when winning her first two starts as a two-year-old, but things had not one right for her since.

She finished in midfield behind Love in the 1000 Guineas on her reappearance, but put that behind her to lift this Group Three contest over an extended mile.

William Buick made virtually all the running on the Charlie Appleby-trained daughter of Kingman, who was allowed a soft lead with only Cloak Of Spirits keeping tabs on her.

Summer Romance (9-1) found more when challenged by that rival and went on to win by three-quarters of a length.

Buick said: “She ran in the Guineas, but I wasn’t in a good position. I had a wall of bad horses in front of me. It was hard to notice it with the naked eye, but she did a lot of good work in the Guineas. She was staying on past horses.

“Last year she was obviously very speedy, very sharp, but Charlie was adamant a mile was within her compass.

“Obviously I got a soft lead today and it definitely suited her. I like the way she battled on gamely and she’s turned the Guineas form around with Cloak Of Spirits.

“She really deserved that. She’s always been perceived as a nice filly in the stable. I’m just so glad she’s got a Group win next to her name and she’s a filly that should go through the grades nicely.”

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