Clinical quickening well to win the Princess Elizabeth Stakes on FridayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Clinical on top in Princess Elizabeth
Report: Epsom, Friday
Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Investec) (Group 3) 1m½f, 3yo+, fillies and mares
CLINICAL landed the biggest success of her career when she denied the fast-finishing Joviality in the Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes - the opening race of Epsom's Derby meeting.
Trained by Sir Mark Prescott for Cheveley Park Stud, Clinical sat handy under Luke Morris, tracking the decent pace set by Barefoot Lady.
The 7-1 winner quickened up smartly and held on from 9-2 chance Joviality with Barefoot Lady, who returned at 4-1, in third.
A three-time winner at Listed level last term, Clinical was winning a Group race for the first time and justified connections' decision to keep her in training.
Prescott said: "She was third in the race last year, but it was a bit disappointing we couldn't get a Group win into her.
"She had to win a Group race to justify staying in training - thank god."
Morris, who was riding the daughter of Motivator for the first time, added: "Things worked out well today. She's a very tough and classy filly. We got the perfect sit off Barefoot Lady and my filly picked up well and stuck it out."