Mrs Danvers wins the Listed St Hugh's Fillies Stakes
(Racing Post report)
Mrs Danvers proves her worth again at Newbury
By Andrew Dietz 12 AUG 2016
Report: Newbury, Friday
Bathwick Tyres St Hugh's Fillies' Stakes (Listed Race) 5f, 2yo
BARGAIN buy Mrs Danvers returned to the scene of her Weatherbys Super Sprint success to gain some valuable black type as she extended her unbeaten run to four.
Having collected a first prize of £122,000 in the big sales race last time, the flying filly was set a completely different challenge off level weights but she proved up to the task to add another chapter to the rags-to-riches story.
Led out of the Ascot sales ring in February after failing to attract a bid of more than £1,000, Mrs Danvers has been a sensation this season for trainer Jonathan Portman, who bought her back in, and owners Turf Club 2014.
The 5-2 favourite was prominent throughout the 5f contest and picked up well after being asked to quicken a furlong out by jockey Richard Kingscote. The winning margin was two lengths with Equimou (9-1) sticking on for second ahead of Stormy Clouds (12-1).
"She's thriving," said Portman. "She's a remarkable filly who has improved on a daily basis. She's versatile with the ground and after the Super Sprint she owed us nothing - she won what she was bought for.
"I owed her breeders some black type and I've a sneaky feeling she has more to offer."
The next decision for connections will be whether to go up in trip with Mrs Danvers, who has done all her winning at the minimum distance.
"There's no rush to go 6f so we'll see," added Portman. "If we did there's the Dick Poole at Salisbury, but there's the Flying Childers over 5f at Doncaster and something in France.
"The Cornwallis would be a good aim at the end of the year and I've always told people she'll win the Abbaye, but I didn't say as a two-year-old. We'll enjoy the moment for now though.
"I've never had anything as quick and she's been great for me. It'll be nice if more people realise we can train."
Newmarket: Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes (Group 3) 5f, 2yo
BARGAIN buy Mrs Danvers stayed unbeaten with another fine performance, as her latest victory took her to five from five for the season.
Unsold through the ring at £1,000, Mrs Danvers has since banked in excess of £195,000 and her speed was evident again as she set a course record at the minimum trip for juveniles, stopping the clock at 58.69 seconds.
Battaash took the field along at a ferocious pace, and, while others were unable to live with the leader, 2-1 favourite Mrs Danvers was in prime position for Richard Kingscote before taking over.
Clem Fandango stuck on for second, with Battaash fading to third.
Winning trainer Jonny Portman said: "She's very special, she's got the speed and spirit.
"She wasn't quite right after her last run and it's been a rush to get here. Next year, we'll have to think about races like the Commonwealth Cup and the Nunthorpe."
Paddy Power responded to the impressive display by making Mrs Danvers a 10-1 chance for the Commonwealth Cup, a race won this year by Quiet Reflection, who landed this prize 12 months ago
Mrs Danvers wins the Gr.3 Cornwallis Stakes
Coach House's first foals well received
The first Coach House foals have been on offer at public auction in Ireland.
Two attractive colts sold at Tattersalls Ireland making €10'000 & €11'000 and the only offering by the sire at Goffs this week was sold to Grove Stud for €42'000 (pictured below).
It is a very encouraging start and there is plenty more opportunity for buyers to buy one with over 20 foals catalouged at Tattersalls next week.
Coach House ex Blissamore colt, bred by Mrs R Jones