Flying filly gives Hannon another Queen Mary Stakes

Gilded gave trainer Richard Hannon his fourth win in the £70,000, Group II, Queen Mary Stakes (1000m) for two-year-old fillies at Royal Ascot, England, on Wednesday as she streaked away to score by a length.


The 11-2 shot has answered every question since her debut fourth and has now rattled off an exceptional five wins on the bounce.


Hannon said: “You couldn’t drive a nail into her neck - she’s as hard as iron.


“She’s pretty good, too, and she proved it today. Six furlongs would no problem to her.


“We’ll give her a break now and then probably go for the Cherry Hinton at Newmarket. The Super Sprint - that’s worth 100 grand to the winner - will also come into our thinking.


“I think she’ll probably have to carry a 5lb penalty for that but then she only cost 12 grand so that won’t put her up too far.


“She’s a good filly. Richard got off her after her debut and said she will win her next two or three.”


Reflecting on a couple of his previous Queen Mary winners, Hannon added: “With Lyric Fantasy, you’ve only got to look at her time. She beat the old course record here for older horses as well as two-year-olds. She was very quick. Risky was a good filly, too.”


Trainers Jeremy Noseda and Brian Meehan were both pleased with the efforts of their fillies in the Queen Mary Stakes, although both said that they thought the draw had done them no favours.


Noseda said of Simply Perfect who was beaten a length by Gilded: “I am very happy with her.


“She has run a great race and I think that it was the draw that beat her as much as anything.


“I just wish that they would sort out the draw bias as it seems worse now than it was on the old track.”


A further half-length back in third was Nina Blini and her trainer Brian Meehan said: “I am very pleased with her run.


“She had a terrible draw on the outside and has had to come over to make her run.


“We will now look at the Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket for her.”



£70,000 guaranteed, 1000m, For 2yo fillies 1st £39,746; 2nd £15,064; 3rd £7,539; 4th £3,759; 5th £1,883; 6th £945

1 GILDED (IRE) (Mrs J Wood) Richard Hannon 2-8-12 Richard Hughes [12] 11/2
2 SIMPLY PERFECT (Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier) Jeremy Noseda 2-8-12 Kieren Fallon [14] 9/2
3 NINA BLINI (Mrs T Cunningham) Brian Meehan 2-8-12 Frankie Dettori [13] 12/1
4 SPARKLING EYES (Tony Richards) Clive Brittain 2-8-12 Kerrin McEvoy [4] 66/1
5 SLIPASEARCHER (IRE) (Barry McCabe) David Evans 2-8-12 Shane Kelly [1]
6 VITAL STATISTICS (Setsquare Recruitment) David Elsworth 2-8-12 Richard Quinn [8]
7 CHRISTMAS TART (IRE) (Stephen Dartnell) Vince Smith 2-8-12 Chris Catlin [6]
8 TARKAMARA (IRE) (A Robinson) Paul Cole 2-8-12 Jimmy Fortune [7]
9 SU DOKU (USA) (J Caplan) Nick Littmoden 2-8-12 Christophe Soumillon [3]
10 RIPPING (Mrs C Regalado-Gonzalez) Richard Hannon 2-8-12 Ryan Moore [2]
11 ROXAN (IRE) (Highbank Equine Ltd) Kevin Ryan 2-8-12 Neil Callan [9] 6/4f
12 FEELIN FOXY (Danethorpe Racing Ltd) Derek Shaw 2-8-12 Jamie Spencer [10]
13 PRINCESS IRIS (IRE) (Team Valor) Eoghan O'Neill 2-8-12 Richard Mullen [5]
14 HYTHE BAY (Eastwell Manor Racing Ltd) Richard Phillips 2-8-12 Steve Drowne [15]
15 SUNLEY GIFT (John Sunley) Mick Channon 2-8-12 Sam Hitchcott [11]

15 ran
Non-runners: None
Distances: 1, 1/2, 3/4, 1 1/4, 3/4, 1/2, 3, 1 1/4, 3/4, hd, sh, nk, 3/4, 2
Time: 1m 03.06s
Breeder: Tally-Ho Stud
Breeding: b f Redback - Tumbleweed Pearl (Aragon)