Juddmonte Farms

PRETTY POLLYANNA WINS THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE STAKES

Taken from Thoroughbred Daily News, 14th July 2018:

She has been asked some big questions in a short space of time, but Bill and Tim Gredley's Pretty Pollyanna (OASIS DREAM) had a resounding answer on Friday (13th July) as she destroyed her rivals in Newmarket's Gr.2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes, or Cherry Hinton as it is more widely known.

Sent off an insulting 20-1 despite managing to be just over two-lengths fifth in the Gr.3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot only eight days after a winning debut at Yarmouth, the homebred was initially free in the hands of Silvestre De Sousa racing away from the main group. With the Albany first and second Main Edition and La Pelosa taking each other on for the lead towards the stand's side, the imposing bay reared at nearby Stetchworth and Middle Park Studs and named after Bill Gredley's daughter Polly (who is married to George Scott) began to take control passing the two-furlong pole.

Stretching clear from the Albany fourth Angel's Hideaway, she hit the line with seven lengths to spare as the runner-up put a further six lengths between her and the unexposed Chaleur (DANSILI) in a performance rarely seen in this race.

"I thought she'd come on since Ascot, but I was not expecting that," trainer Michael Bell said. "She has a fantastic temperament and has some fancy entries and she'll obviously take them up now. The owners wanted to run here - I wanted to go for a Listed [Star Stakes] in two weeks' time, but Bill loves a local runner and he was right. I'll look at the options and discuss her next race with them."

Pretty Pollyanna, who impressed on her racecourse introduction when upsetting a well-fancied Assembly of Truth at Yarmouth on 14th June, had to make up ground from behind at the Royal meeting but that outing had the ultimate educative effect if this display is anything to go by. Her rider again demonstrated his uncanny skill with free-going types, as the winner tanked her way through the first period of this race in contrast to last time. Even allowing for the possibility that Main Edition and La Pelosa went off too quick to her right, this was a remarkable effort given that the Gr.2 Queen Mary Stakes runner-up Gossamer Wings ran more economically and still failed to land any kind of meaningful blow.

"She travelled really well and I couldn't take her back," De Sousa said. "Maybe when she won it took a bit out of her and she wasn't at her best at Ascot, but she's a lovely filly and I think she'll come on again."

Michael Bell later added: "There was a little bit of scrimmaging in behind so some might have been closer, but either way it was a good time and she won very easily so you can't be more than very impressed with her. She was impressive at Yarmouth and Ascot last time was a learning curve for her. She has clearly improved a lot from Ascot, but she has only done one piece of easy work. There is a lot to look forward to. She is in the Gr.2 Lowther Stakes. That's a possibility, but she has a penalty for that now. She is in the Gr.1 Moyglare Stud Stakes.

This performance, coming on the back of the maiden wins of the relations Just Wonderful (DANSILI) and Goddess in Ireland, suggests 2018 could be a boon year as far as two-year-old filly talent is concerned. Pretty Pollyanna gallops like a miler, and is also bred like one, with her unraced dam Unex Mona Lisa (Shamardal) being a half to the nine-furlong Gr.3 Robert J. Frankel Stakes winner Gender Agenda. That smart runner, who was also third in the Gr.2 Goldikova Stakes and fifth in the Gr.1 Matriarch Stakes over eight panels, is a full-sister to Unex El Greco, who won a handicap over a mile and a quarter at this track and was later listed-placed at that trip in Bahrain. The second dam Friendlier (ZAFONIC) is a half to the owner-breeder's stand-out runner User Friendly, the 1992 European Horse of the year courtesy of her trio of victories in the Gr.1 English and Irish Oaks and Gr.1 St Leger.

Date: 14 July 2018