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Beauty Filly sheds her maiden tag at the first time of asking

Beauty Filly shed her maiden tag at the first time of asking for William Haggas and Ryan Moore in the 2.30 Ken Lindsay Memorial EBF Fillies' Novice stakes at Yarmouth on Friday 22nd September. 

The filly was sold by Highbank as a yearling to Blandford Bloodstock at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling sale 2016 for 280,000 gns; and the daughter of Invincible Spirit wasted no time in recouping some of her cost as her victory netted her owner £37,028 in prize money and bonuses.

The vibes had been strong for the filly on the morning of the race, and those who worked with the filly during her formative years at Highbank always regarded her as a stand out and were expectant of big things. She opened at 11/4 on friday morning, and come 2.30 she had been backed into 6/4f. 

Being under the tutelage of the brilliant William Haggas and with Ryan Moore booked, the filly certainly had the best of chances going into the race but it was her pure talent and potential which ultimately landed her the spoils. 

She was settled around midfield for the opening few furlongs of the 6 furlong contest and seemed slightly green and raw for the opening stages. The field was taken along by previous winner Flying Sparkle, the second favourite who had previously won a 16 runner novice event at Windsor (the form of which had been boosted by the second to Flying Sparkle, Hunni, subsequently winning the class 2 fillies nursery handicap at Newmarket for £24,900).

With 2 furlongs to go, Moore got stuck into Beauty Filly with just hands and heels and the fillies response was immediate with her moving through the field to lead by a length. She stuck on all the way to the line and left the impression a step up to 7 furlongs or a mile wouldnt faze her in the slightest. Her performance didn't go unnoticed with Weatherbys stating:


"The market suggested Beauty Filly was the one to beat in the six-furlong fillies' novice stakes and so it proved with the William Haggas-trained daughter of Invincible Spirit registering a length success on what could be the start of a bright career."

Miss Delila has cemented her position as an exceptional producer of racehorses with 7 winners from 7 runners and 7 foals of racing age. Each of her 7 progeny is by a different sire, with the pick of these being the Group 3 winning Kyllachy filly Ashadihan rated 108, and the 6 time winner Mythical Madness (Dubawi) rated 106 and earner of nearly £80,000 in prize money.

Miss Delila's stock has so far shown quality and precocity with the likes of Ashadihan being 2nd in the Albany at Royal Ascot and now potentially Beauty Filly; toughness and durabilty with the likes of Mythical Madness who has run 29 times over 4 years; soundness of stock with each of her 7 foals winners in Europe; and versatility with each of her 7 winners being by different sires. She is a prime example of how racecourse performance isn't necessarily a predeterminant of broodmare success and is particularly important to Highbank as she was purchased as a yearling through agent Steve Hillen.

Miss Delila has no yearling through being rested after 7 consecutive successful foaling seasons, however she has a Zoffany colt at foot and is in foal to the exciting young Shadwell sire Muhaarar. 

Miss Delilas More than Ready half sister Readyandaway was also purchased in utero to Elusive Quality by Highbank, and enjoyed her first success when her second foal by Lawman scored at Newcastle the same day her cousin was successful at Yarmouth. You can read about her success here.



Zoffany x Miss Delila colt foal

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