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Mikel Delzangles

Mikel Delzangles: has the Qipco 1,000 Guineas in his sights

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Name heads for Guineas after key trial success

Report: France, Thursday

Maisons-Laffitte: Prix Imprudence (Group 3) 7f, 3yo fillies

WHAT A NAME (Mikel Delzangles/Christophe Lemaire) spent most of last season handing out beatings to the boys but, on her return to all-female company, proved her well-being ahead of a tilt at the Qipco 1,000 Guineas.

The Mr Greeley filly really took the eye beforehand and, having travelled well through the race, won with perhaps slightly less authority than might have been anticipated.

However, any criticism of the half-length winning margin over Holy Dazzle would be nit-picking, since Lemaire rode What A Name with plenty of confidence.

"She's a very easy filly, who only ever really does what you ask of her," said Delzangles.

"We have the option of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches or the 1,000 Guineas, with a slight preference for Newmarket," Delzangles told his television interviewer, before turning to the assembled press and admitting; "well, perhaps a big preference."

Paddy Power cut What A Name into 7-1 (from 10-1), with the Dublin firm now unable to split the French filly, Certify and Just The Judge at the head of their market. 

Among the other Newmarket entries, the former Kevin Prendergast inmate Spinacre was beaten two necks in third, with Peace Burg a further half-length away in fourth.

Both ran well but were caught for speed by What A Name, who conceded first run to the front pair.



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