09/10/2008 11:00PM

Rainbow View stays perfect in May Hill


Rainbow View stamped herself as potentially something special at Doncaster on Thursday as she barely came off the bridle in winning big for the third time without a loss in the Group 2 May Hill Stakes.

Rider Jimmy Fortune never had an anxious moment aboard the Dynaformer filly as she cruised from last to first in the $140,000 one-mile contest to defeat Snoqualmie Girl by an easy two lengths as the 1-3 favorite. Bred and owned by George Strawbridge, Rainbow View covered the distance on soft ground in 1:42.42. It was 8 1/2 lengths back to Aaroness, the filly who had been just 3 3/4 lengths fourth behind Again in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes on Aug. 31.

Rainbow View's previous two victories at Newmarket had been just as convincing. On July 18, she won her maiden first time out by six lengths going seven furlongs. Three weeks later, she won the seven-furlong Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes by the same six-length margin. Trainer John Gosden is now aiming her at the Group 1 Fillies Mile at Ascot on Sept. 27 for her final juvenile assignment. Out of Del Mar Oaks winner No Matter What, Rainbow View is as low as 5-2 in the ante-post market for next year's 1000 Guineas.

Fillies may hold the key to Saturday's $878,000 St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster. The third leg of the British Triple Crown has always been the most filly-friendly of the British classics, and while the last filly to win the 1 3/4-mile, 132-yard marathon was User Friendly in 1992, both Look Here and Unsung Heroine will give the boys plenty of competition.

Trained by Ralph Beckett, Look Here slammed subsequent Irish Oaks winner Moonstone by 3 3/4 lengths when winning the English Oaks on June 6. The daughter of Hernando, however, missed her scheduled prep in the Yorkshire Oaks with a minor setback and will be running off a 14-week absence.

Trained in Ireland by Tommy Stack, Unsung Heroine is a High Chaparral filly who has won both of her starts, the most recent at Cork on Aug. 8 when she beat older in the 1 1/2-mile Group 3 Give Thanks Stakes.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Irish Derby winner Frozen Fire is the likely St. Leger favorite. O'Brien also will saddle Irish Derby also-rans Alessandro Volta, Bashkirov, and Hindu Kush as well as Washington Irving.

Group 3 Gordon Stakes winner Conduit will attempt to give trainer Michael Stoute his first St. Leger triumph with Frankie Dettori on board.