x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Gamilati dominates in maiden Group 2 win

The juvenile had lost her first two races, by a head and a short head, due to inexperience, according to Frankie Dettori, who rode the winner.

NEWMARKET, ENGLAND // The Godolphin filly Gamilati raced alone on the stands side of the July Course to win the Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes on Friday, the first victory of her career.

The juvenile had lost her first two races, by a head and a short head, due to inexperience, according to Frankie Dettori, who rode the winner.

A length and a half behind were the highly regarded pair of Russelliana and Shumoos, who narrowly lost out by a short head at Royal Ascot to Best Terms in the Queen Mary Stakes, and who beat Thursday's July Stakes victor Frederick Engels on her first start.

"She was a bit unlucky the first two times she ran; she was just a bit green," said Dettori, who returned to riding yesterday after serving consecutive suspensions.

"When I pressed the button she quickened. I just got on the rail because she might have been a little bit green in the middle of the track. It was a very good effort."

Attraction, who is trained by Mark Johnston, was the last filly to win the Cherry Hinton and then go on to win the Fillies Classic, in the 2003 season, on the Rowley Mile course at Newmarket.

She did not have a prep race in between those two races when she achieved the feat.

Gamilati, however, will either travel to York next month for the Group 2 Lowther Stakes or be saved for the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes in October on the Rowley Mile.

"We will try her at six furlongs and see how we go," said Mahmood Al Zarooni, the victorious trainer.

"I think she will get a mile but she should prove it first."