07/01/2012 4:12PM

Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf berth goes to Izzi Top

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English trainer John Gosden and jockey William Buick had an outstanding June, winning five races at Royal Ascot from June 20-23 and two stakes at Newmarket on Saturday. Sunday, their success extended to Ireland where the 4-year-old filly Izzi Top won the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.

The race did not live up to full expectations, however.  There were three late scratches, including Was, the English Oaks winner; Maybe, who was third in the English 1000 Guineas, and the outsider Bible Belt.

Izzi Top, the 3-2 second choice, won the race over 1 1/4 miles by 1 1/2 lengths over Sapphire, the 10-11 favorite. I’m a Dreamer and Up were third and fourth.

Buick had Izzi Top behind pacesetter Sapphire for the first mile and took the lead with a furlong remaining.

The win could lead to a start in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. The Pretty Polly Stakes is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge program, offering a fees-paid berth to the winner for the Filly and Mare Turf.

Gosden said that the Filly and Mare Turf is a possibility, along with the Group 1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood later this summer and the Group 1 Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp in Paris this fall.

Owned by Helena Springfield, Ltd., Izzi Top, a 4-year-old filly by Pivotol, has won 5 of 9 starts, including her last four starts. The Pretty Polly Stakes, worth approximately $240,000, was her first win in a Group 1.

There were two other Group 1 races in Europe on Sunday.

In the $504,000 Prix Jean Prat for 3-year-olds at Chantilly, France, Aesop’s Fables, a Kentucky-bred colt by Distorted Humor, won his first stakes in the one-mile turf race.

Ridden by Maxime Guyon for trainer Andre Fabre, 10-1 Aesop’s Fables closed from fourth in a field of eight to win by a length over the Gosden-trained Gregorian.  French Fifteen, the 3-2 favorite, finished seventh after taking an awkward step in the stretch.

Owned by Godolphin Racing, Aesop’s Fables was third in the Group 3 Prix de Palais-Royal in France last month, his 2012 stakes debut.

Pastorious, a 31-1 outsider, scored an upset win in $630,000 German Derby over about 1 1/2 miles on turf at Hamburg.

Ridden by Terry Hellier for trainer Mario Hofer, Pastorious closed from the back of the 14-horse field to take the lead from 7-10 favorite Novellist in the final sixteenth for his first major stakes win of the year. Pastorious, a colt by Soldier Hollow, won a Group 2 race in Germany last year.

 

chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Who was it here that said they could not waste an afternoon waiting for a bunch of plodders to make it thru a bog? Seems that Gosden was right - busy.