10/05/2016 3:41PM

Newmarket: Spatial, Sobetsu step up to stakes company for Fillies' Mile

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Spatial and Sobetsu, maiden race winners at Newmarket Racecourse in recent months, will make their first starts in stakes amidst high expectations in Friday’s $680,744 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.

Sobetsu, trained by Charlie Appleby, and Spatial, trained by Michael Stoute, were 5-2 and 10-3 with British bookmakers on Wednesday for the Fillies’ Mile, which drew a field of eight. Both were beaten in their first start, but rebounded to win maiden races.

Sobetsu won a maiden race at a mile by 10 lengths on Sept. 17. Spatial won a seven-furlong maiden race on Aug. 26.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has two prominent runners – Hydrangea and Rhododendron, who were second and third in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at The Curragh in Ireland on Sept. 11. Rhododendron won the Group 2 Debutante Stakes at The Curragh on Aug. 21.

Rich Legacy is the most accomplished of the England-based fillies, having won the Group 2 May Hill Stakes at Doncaster last month. Trained by Ralph Beckett, Rich Legacy has won 2 of 3 starts.

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The Fillies’ Mile is the last major stakes for 2-year-old fillies in England this year, and is considered an important gauge of the division going into the winter. There is a possibility the race could produce a starter for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 4.