01/25/2002 12:00AM

A rarity: Britain's best 2yo is a filly


NEW YORK - For the first time since 1972, the champion British-trained 2-year-old is a filly.

WIth her International Classification rating of 122, Queen's Logic is considered three pounds superior to the leading British-trained juvenile colts, Captain Rio and Dubai Destination. She was rated just four pounds behind Irish-based juvenile champ Johannesburg, making her the co-second highest rated European juvenile overall with Johannesburg's stablemate Hawk Wing. Jacinth was the last filly to be so honored in Britain, but that was five years before the debut of the International Classification.

Queen's Logic is fully deserving of her accolade. A daughter of 1993 European juvenile champ Grand Lodge, she was undefeated in four starts for trainer Mick Channon with victories in the five-furlong Group 3 Queen Mary Stakes, the six-furlong Group 2 Lowther Stakes, and the six-furlong Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes, where she whipped Sophisticat by seven lengths. By comparison, Sophisticat finished six lengths behind Tempera in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in her first start on dirt.

Remarkably, Queen's Logic was able to maintain her form from May 18, when she took a five-furlong maiden at Newbury, until her Oct. 2 score in the Cheveley Park. That is a long season by 2-year-old standards, but she never missed a beat despite an average of seven weeks between starts. Timeform pays her an even higher compliment by rating her the equal of Johannesburg at 125.

Queen's Logic is the favorite with all of the British bookies for the 1,000 Guineas, but she must beware of Gossamer.

Gossamer completed her 3-for-3 campaign with a handy 2-1/2-length win over Maryinsky in the one-mile Group 1 Fillies Mile at Ascot. While her sire suggests that she will stay the 12 furlongs of the English Oaks, for which she is co-favorite at 8-1, her dam, Brocade, was the winner of the seven-furlong Group 1 Prix de la Foret against colts, so she could be a candidate for a fillies' Guineas as well.

There is a great deal of buzz about the Henry Cecil-trained filly Revealing. By Halling, she overcame trouble to take a one-mile Newmarket maiden by three lengths in October and is currently co-favored with Gossamer for the Oaks.

Cecil had a dismal 2001 season, at least by his high standards. He was so disheartened that he announced in December that the 2002 season might be his last. But if his largely untested 3-year-olds fillies live up to early expectations, he may change his mind.

In addition to Revealing, he has Protectress in his Newmarket yard. She is a full sister to Racing Post Trophy winner and St. Leger runner-up Armiger, so the Oaks looks tailormade for her. Protectress won her only start at 2, a last-to-first tally in a seven-furlong stakes at Newmarket.

Cecil also has the Danehill filly Half Glance aimed at the British classics. From the family of Cecil's 1998 1,000 Guineas winner Wince, she took the one-mile Group 3 May Hill Stakes before finishing fourth on very soft ground behind Gossamer in the Fillies Mile.

Barry Hills has a top prospect in the Singspiel filly Muklah, who capped her season with a five-length romp in the seven-furlong Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket. She is especially adept on firm ground.

Muklah is owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum. Most of the Maktoum-owned British juveniles, however, were under the care of David Loder, who returned to Newmarket last year after a two-year hiatus coaching Godolphin juveniles in Evry, France.

Loder's 2-year-olds scored at a 40 percent clip in 2001. The most highly rated filly among them was Silent Honor, who won the six-furlong Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket. There is a suspicion, however, that she is merely precocious, as she just lasted in the Cherry Hinton after having whistled in her maiden victory. Her season ended with a respectable third in Queen's Logic's Lowther.

The only other Loder-trained filly of note was Echo River but, like Silent Honor, she faded a bit after a listed score to be second in Half Glance's May Hill and then fifth behind the recent American import Distant Valley in the seven-furlong Group 2 Rockfel Stakes.

The John Gosden-trained Sulk improved with every start. She traveled to Longchamp to take a sub-par Prix Marcel Boussac but would seem perfectly suited by the 1 5/16 miles of the French Oaks. But Sulk and the others will all be playing catch-up with Queen's Logic, who enters 2002 with a clear lead on the entire 3-year-old filly field.

This is the first in a series of articles examining Europe's leading 3-year-olds.