Persuasive stays on to land the QEII

Filed on 23 Oct 2017 @ 12:50

The well supported 8/1 shot Persuasive (Dark Angel) provided trainer John Gosden with a second victory in the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) at Ascot on Saturday.

The four-year-old daughter of Dark Angel relished underfoot conditions and kept on tenaciously to win by a length under Frankie Dettori from the 2/1 favourite Ribchester.

Aidan O'Brien's Churchill (9/2) was a half-length behind in third under Ryan Moore.

The John Gosden-trained four-year-old filly, owned by Cheveley Park Stud, has been edging her way towards a first Group One win this season. She finished second in the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month and was third in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown in September.

Gosden confirmed that the Cheveley Park Stud-owned filly would now be retired and he paid tribute to Persuasive, commenting: "She is very talented and has had no luck in Group Ones before today.

"She will now go to the breeding shed so it's nice to go out on a high.

"She deserves it and is a very nice filly. I think she would have been unlucky if she had not have won because she was about to get boxed in so Frankie had to take her back, check his run and switch.

"She just adores this autumn ground and I have had to wait a long time.

"The owners have been incredibly patient to wait a long time to have her right. She's got her ground today and just flies through it.

"It's important for the stud to have a Group One winning filly. I thought she was going to run a big race and she adores this track.

"I never worry taking on the boys in a race in the autumn with a filly as they go through hell in the spring and summer hormonally and they come to late summer/autumn and everything is settled so they can focus on racing."

Gosden also saddled fourth-placed Nathra (50/1) and he added: "Nathra has run a blinder and is off to the breeding shed."

It was Dettori's sixth win in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes since he broke his Group One duck in the race in 1990 aboard Markofdistinction.

Dettori said: "Persuasive travelled so good - I could not believe it. The ground is key for her. Barry [her groom] knows the filly very well and told me to wait as long as I dared. She showed an explosive turn of foot.

"I thought the race was going to be very tough, but she put it to bed very quickly. She came really good two furlongs out. I followed Churchill and I saw his distress signal, and I just needed some clean air. Once Ribchester shifted across to the right there was a gap for me, so I took her right and she took off.

"In fairness she has been knocking on the door in Group Ones for a long time now and she's going to stud now with a Group One tag on her name, and she deserves it. She has been a model of consistency and I'm delighted.

"To be honest, looking at the line up I thought God, she'll have to run well - there were Group One winners all over the place. But the key thing was that she had got the ground. The QEII is a special race for me. If you go back to 1990, Markofdistinction, it was my first Group One win, so it brings back some good memories."

Filed on 23 Oct 2017 @ 12:50