Roly Poly won the Duchess of Cambridge for trainer Aidan O’Brien
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By Alex Wiltshire 3:57PM 8 JUL 2016
Report: Newmarket Friday
Duchess of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) 6f, 2yo fillies
ROLY POLY wore down her rivals in the closing stages to win a thrilling Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly finished a disappointing eighth in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes on soft ground at Ascot last month, but looked much more accomplished on quicker ground to win at 6-1.
Roly Poly broke well and travelled prominently throughout and was joined in a line by Magical Fire, Kilmah and Nations Alexander to contest the finish, with nothing able to stake a challenge from behind.
A daughter of War Front, Roly Poly displayed battling qualities to get her head in front and win by half-a-length from 33-1 chance Magical Fire, with Nations Alexander, the lesser fancied of the two Noel O’Callaghan-owned chances, third at 16-1. Bletchley, the 5-2 favourite, could only finish fifth.
Jockey Ryan Moore stated that the quicker ground helped her greatly in achieving the win. “It was too soft for her at Ascot,” he said. “She’s very tough and genuine. I’m sure she’ll get a bit further.”
Roly Poly’s win prompted early prices for next year’s 1,000 Guineas, and Paddy Power have made her a 20-1 chance.