Juddmonte Farms

GROUP 2 WINNER WORTH WAITING FOR BATED BREATH

Saif Ali's Worth Waiting (BATED BREATH) got 2019 off to a flying start with a win over a nine-furlong trip thought shy of her optimum in Sunday's Dahlia Stakes Gr.2 at Newmarket (6th May).

Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News 6th May 2019

Last seen finishing fourth in the Prix Vermeille Gr.1 over a mile and a half at ParisLongchamp in September, the bay stayed close to the pace-setting Nyaleti  throughout the early stages before committing with three and a half furlongs remaining. Maintaining a strong finishing effort all the way to the line, the 3-1 second favourite who also took the Prix Minerve Gr.3 in August registered a length verdict over that rival, with last year's 1000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook  again running way below that standard in third.

"Mentally she's very stable and relaxed and has a temperament second to none," rider by James Doyle said, referring to how she took a lengthy delay to the start in her stride as Rasima needing re-shoeing. "Her form last year was over further than this, but she's got a high cruising speed and I wanted to use that stride."

David Lanigan, who was enjoying a belated first turf winner of the year, was looking at top-level targets with the winner. "She is a stronger filly this year," he said. "Even last year, before we went to the Aphrodite [Listed] we weren't 100% sure she would stay the mile and a half completely. I think she is so laid-back she helped herself last year. When we went to Deauville they crawled, then sprinted - then when we ran in the Group 1 at Chantilly, she blew like a filly that didn't stay a mile and a half and I knew she was 100% fit."

Lanigan added: "From her first run of the year, with natural progression, you would expect her to improve for the run. The main thing is to try pick up a Group 1. I think we will leave her at a mile and a quarter for the moment. I thought if we went and won today, we would go for the Pretty Polly [Gr.1 at The Curragh]. Long term, at the end of last year we thought the perfect fit for her would be the Beverly D."

Date: 07 May 2019