Pollyanna enters Guineas picture
Michael Bell seemingly has a bona fide QIPCO 1000 Guineas contender on his hands after Pretty Pollyanna stormed to victory in Friday’s Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes.
The Bill Gredley-owned filly scorched clear up the stands’ rail under Champion Flat jockey Silvestre de Sousa to win by seventh lengths and make a mockery of her 20-1 starting price.
It was an eye-catching response to her previous outing at Royal Ascot, where she finished down the field in fifth in the Albany Stakes.
The bookmakers have since reacted accordingly, with the daughter of Oasis Dream now second favourite to emerge victorious from next year’s Classic at the Rowley Mile.
“She is a lovely filly with a fantastic temperament and I would like to say she can only improve, but she probably does not need to improve,” said Fitzroy House trainer Bell.
“She was visually very impressive, although because of that scrimmaging in behind one or two might have finished a little bit closer.
“Either way it was a very good time and she has won very easily, so you cannot be less than very impressed with her.
“She is in the Lowther but she would carry a penalty so we will see, we have got plenty of options.”
The two-year-old is named after Gredley’s daughter, who recently married Newmarket trainer George Scott.