May 11, 2021

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Mystery Angel has the answers in Pretty Polly | Race news

Mystery Angel made his racing fitness count by winning the Listed loot in the Betfair Pretty Polly Stakes in Newmarket.

The daughter of Kodi Bear, having her fourth run of the year, has defeated several highly regarded rivals to improve her own reputation.

Belonging to the Nick Bradley Racing union – which earned her the loudest cheers of the weekend – she also put her rookie coach George Boughey in the spotlight, giving the Newmarket-based handler the biggest success of his career to date. .

Ridden by Ben Curtis, who had a double after winning the previous race with Zabeel Champion, Mystery Angel was still in first place.

Forever Grateful led in the early stages until Mystery Angel (13-2) got on his way home.

Sea Karats was the only threat, but she was still playing second fiddle and fell a length and three quarters.

The top two shot three and a quarter lengths of Taslima in third, while A’Shaari, the 6-4 favorite, was the disappointing horse of the race, finishing fifth.

Bradley said: “I’m a little lost for words, to be honest.

“When she raced here in the background last year she did it (well won) and then we were wrong.

“Today was on better ground and it was great to see her do that in front of all the owners here on such a big day because we always thought she was a first class filly.

“You are only allowed six owners here, but there are about 20 owners in this horse.

“I bought her from the windbreaks here for 22,000 guineas and brought her home with her. By the time I got home, I only owned 4%!

“She’ll probably go for the Un Prix Saint-Alary Group, or maybe the Musidora in York. We’ll think about that.

“She’s not in the Oaks. We thought 10 stadiums would be her travel max because she’s done by a sprinter, but we might be wrong.”

Boughey said: “It was a shame not to win in France six weeks ago, but she’s a very tough filly who obviously loves it here at Newmarket.

“I actually worked her on the Summer Gallop about a week ago on very fast pitch and she worked really well.

“She’s an improving filly who handled the soft, heavy terrain last year, but her work had suggested that she was going to be better on faster terrain.

“She’s a filly with a pretty upward profile now. She’s in the Prix Saint-Alary, which she could do, but the Musidora is another option.

“She’s not in the Oaks, but she’s putting some money in the pot now and maybe that’s something we are considering (completing). There are some good decisions to be made.

“She’s not bred to stay a mile, let alone a mile and a quarter. But the way she won there – galloping across the line – I certainly wouldn’t mind trying it on a mile. and half.”