March 04 2019
GORGEOUS NOORA could step back up in trip in the £150,000 Fillies’ and Mares’ Final at Lingfield Park on Good Friday after her exciting victory in a Listed sprint on the Polytrack.
She swooped late under Hollie Doyle to claim the Betway Hever Sprint Stakes over the minimum trip at the Surrey track on Saturday 23rd February.
The five-year-old mare powered past Royal Birth and stable companion Corinthia Knight in the £45,000 added feature, building on her second to Finals Day Sprint favourite Kachy in the Listed Cleves Stakes – a race run in record time.
“She has such a lot of natural ability,” enthused Hollie. “They went hard but she picked up the bridle mid-race and just took me into it so easily. I was always confident I’d get there.”
Now the daughter of Raven’s Pass is likely to take her chance over seven furlongs in the distaff Final and may also be aimed at the Listed Cammidge Stakes over six furlongs at Doncaster on the opening day of the new Flat season.
“I’m delighted with her,” says Archie. “She is making up into a talented sprinter and achieving winning black type was incredibly important for her owners David Howden and David Redvers.
“I’m leaning towards the Fillies’ and Mares’ race at this stage. We may take in the Cammidge on the way there, ground permitting, and are looking forward to having a campaign in some of the nice sprint stakes races on turf.”
The well bred Gorgeous Noora, from the family of Group 2 winning sprinter Muthmir, only joined Archie at the turn of the year following the retirement of Luca Cumani. This was her second success of 2019, following up her six-furlong handicap win, again under Hollie, at Lingfield in mid-January.
By Simon Mapletoft