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27 Sep 2018
Issue Number: Issue 648
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Signora beats the Signors -France


Having resisted the temptation to have a crack at the previous afternoon’s £250,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury, trainer John Quinn was vindicated when Signora Cabello followed up her taking Royal Ascot victory in the Queen Mary Stakes by landing the 1100m Darley Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte. Both are Group Two contests but, whereas her Royal Ascot victory was against her own sex, when she beat 21 other fillies, on this occasion the juvenile daughter of Camacho defeated four colts.

Sporting the increasingly prominent colours of Phoenix Thoroughbreds, who own her in partnership with Zen Racing, Frankie Dettori, also in the saddle at Ascot, was never far off the pace before quickening to the front just after halfway. Facing a dual challenge from True Mason and Sexy Metro she battled on bravely, eventually foiling the latter by a neck to provide British trainers with their fifth straight win in a race that set Special Duty, Natagora and Divine Proportions on their way to Classic glory. It was a fifth outing for the winner, who may not have pocketed the £122,925 purse Newbury’s Super Sprint offered, but delighted her trainer and will be stepped up in class. “When they came round her, you thought, ‘err’, and she was a bit unbalanced, maybe a little bit intimidated, but when she was back on an even keel she was going away at the line,” said the trainer.

“She was very tough and there’s nobody better on the big day than Lanfranco Dettori is there? “It was quick ground, but like what she’s been winning on and the track was in very good condition. “There are no easy races in this game. It looked like she might’ve had a tremendous chance in the Super Sprint, but as you saw in it yesterday, there was barging and bumping. She’s a Stakes filly and that’s where we decided to keep her and she vindicated our decision, which is great because it doesn’t always happen.” A step up to 6f and the Group 1 Darley Prix Morny at Deauville on 19 August is next for Signora Cabello, which Quinn has fond memories of after winning it with The Wow Signal in 2014. He said: “She’s in the Lowther, but if she’s as well as she was before today she’ll run in the Morny.

The Wow Signal was similar to her in that they’re two very tough horses who improved with racing. He was phenomenal, but I think her performance today was very good and the second is very good. There weren’t many runners, but I’d say it was her best performance. “It doesn’t look like 6f would be a problem and over five and a half today she was going away from them at the line.” Regarding the juvenile’s prospects of developing into a Classic contender next year, Quinn said: “On what we see at the moment you’d think six is well within her compass, but the difference between six and a mile is massive, so you may be thinking more of Commonwealth Cups, but we’ll leave every option open and look after this year first.”

On the same card, the 1600m Group 3 Prix Messidor went to Japan with European debutant, Geniale, denying Godolphin’s Jimmy Two Times. Ridden by Yutaka Take, a legend in his homeland, for Mikio Matsunaga, the 4yo Deep Impact colt led early on before appearing to want a lead and allowing Jimmy Two Times to go on before regaining the initiative 200m out after which he soon had the race in safe keeping. Matsunaga is a familiar face in the UAE having saddled Lani to win the 2016 UAE Derby and Red Desire the Al Maktoum Challenge R3 back in 2010.

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