Fleeting Spirit smashes Haydock track record in style

Filed on 24 May 2008 @ 15:02

Three-year-old filly Fleeting Spirit (Invincible Spirit - Millennium Tale, by Distant Relative) won the Group Two Temple Stakes, transferred to Haydock for the first time this season, smashing the track's 5f record by over a second whilst shouldering a 4lb penalty.

Trained by Jeremy Noseda, Fleeting Spirit won the Group Three Molecomb and the Group Two Flying Childers as a juvenile, before running second to Natagora in the 1000 Guineas last time.

Sent off at 7-2 today - Dandy Man was the 2-1 favourite - Ryan Moore had Fleeting Spirit in midfield before making progress a furlong and a half out. She came with an unstoppable run to hit the front 50 yards out, charging on to win by two lengths from Borderlescott, with Desert Lord third. The time was 57.15 seconds, 1.05s off the previous best of 58.2s.

Fleeting Spirit will next head to the King's Stand at Royal Ascot, where she rates as a 6-1 chance.

The earlier Listed Pinnacle Stakes over 1m 4f was won by Godolphin's Folk Opera (Singspiel - Skiphall, by Halling), a York handicap winner last week, who gave the Boys In Blue a Listed double for the day, with Calming Influence winning the King Charles II at Newmarket.

Jamie Spence went well clear on Miramare, opening up a 10 length advantage on her rivals led by Folk Opera. Frankie Dettori was content to wait on the winner, and made his move in the straight, taking the lead a furlong out and running on well to beat Under The Rainbow by two lengths.

"She's temperamental to say the least," said Dettori afterwards, "but she's won her Listed now and there's sure to be more to come."

Filed on 24 May 2008 @ 15:02