OASIS DREAM'S PRETTY POLLY WINS THE PRIX MORNY
Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 19th August 2018, by Tom Frary
Pretty Pollyanna gives OASIS DREAM his second new Gr.1 winner of 2018 with victory in the Prix Morny at Deauville (19th August)
The Gredleys’ Pretty Pollyanna's (OASIS DREAM) superior class carried her to glory in Sunday’s Gr.1 Darley Prix Morny at Deauville. What had looked a renewal set to be dominated by the fillies played out in reality as the homebred saw off Signora Cabello in a pulsating fight to the line.
Showing the same instant speed that saw her register a eyebrow-raising seven-length success in the Gr.2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes over this six-furlong trip at Newmarket (13th July), Pretty Pollyanna was in front of the rivals racing up the centre as the Gr.3 Prix de Cabourg winner Comedy overdid it ahead racing alone up the stand’s rail. Silvestre de Sousa had the 8-5 favourite on the front foot throughout, but the inevitable challenge came from the Queen Mary heroine Signora Cabello who tracked her compatriot throughout under Frankie Dettori. Taken on and headed for a stride before the 100-metre marker, Pretty Pollyanna was spurred her on by the attention and duly asserted to score by three quarters of a length as they pulled four lengths clear of True Mason for a British one-two-three. “She is such a good filly and what I liked most today was the way she showed a lot of courage when challenged by the runner-up,” trainer Michael Bell said. “She quickened again in the last furlong, so hopefully that is a sign that she’ll stay further or at least a mile.”
Pretty Pollyanna now has pole position for the 2019 1000 Guineas and looks cut from the same cloth as the similarly forward-going pair Attraction and Natagora who both carried their sprinting juvenile dominance over to the Newmarket Classic the following spring.
It is small wonder that connections feel confident that the winner will be able to hold her own as she goes up in trip. “I just hope she gets to the Guineas in one piece,” added Bell, who was winning this for the second time having also saddled the filly Hoh Magic to score in 1994. “There is a lot of stamina on the dam’s side and User Friendly is there. I’ll have to discuss her immediate future with the owners, but I would imagine it will be either the [Gr.1] Moyglare [Stud Stakes] or the [Gr.1] Cheveley Park [Stakes]. She is a lovely filly to train and has never given us any worries. She has a lovely temperament and just eats and sleeps and does everything right.”
Date: 20 August 2018