Trainer David Lanigan to go in search of Group 1 wins with Charm Spirit Dahlia Stakes winner Worth Waiting
Newmarket-based trainer David Lanigan has set his sights on Group 1 glory after Worth Waiting landed him the Group 2 Charm Spirit Dahlia Stakes at the Rowley Mile on Sunday.
The four-year-old filly stayed on well, having been committed early by jockey James Doyle, to win by a length from Nyaleti in the five-runner contest.
It was a fifth career victory for the daughter of Bated Breath, whose most recent top level effort saw her finish fourth in the Vermeille Stakes at Longchamp last September.
“I knew she was 100 per cent fit today. We had her plenty straight at home. She worked here on the watered gallop and we were really happy with her,” said Lanigan.
“After her first run on the season, natural progression means you would expect her to come on for the run.
“Now the main thing is to try and pick up a Group 1 with her. I think we will leave her at a mile and a quarter at the moment.
“You do not get a Group 1 easily and we probably got a little bit close to the pace the last day. She did her best, but she was on thin air in the last furlong and a half and I think she is a stronger filly this year.”
Meanwhile Doyle, who was riding Worth Waiting for the first time, added: “They did not go that quick and she has got form at a mile and a half and quite a bit further, so she has plenty of stamina, so we wanted to use it. It is tricky.
“She just idled a bit in front and she kept grinding it out. We will have a bit of fun with her this year.”