Bankable beaten by gutsy Lady Gloria
REPORT: GOODWOOD, Sunday
LADY GLORIA is in line for a high-profile autumn campaign after stunning the crowd with her defeat of odds-on Bankable in the Racing UK-sponsored Select Stakes, a result greeted with somewhat less surprise by her trainer James Given and jockey Tom Queally.
After his excellent run behind Raven's Pass here in the Celebration Mile, Bankable was looked upon as a word very similar to his name but Queally had other ideas on the tough-as-teak Lady Gloria.
Injecting some pace into the race from the front 2f out, he succeeded in taking half a length out of the looming Bankable who, although travelling strongly to make his challenge, never looked like going by.
In the final 100 yards Lady Gloria was extending her margin and scored by three-quarters of a length. Given said: "She's a big, tough filly who hung in there and found extra."
Her story is one of rags to riches, as breeders Mike and Gloria Tourle intended to form a syndicate around her, only to have to send her to the sales when finding she had a slightly crooked front leg. They bought her back for just 2,000 guineas, and the rest is history.
She won a Group 3 at Epsom on Derby Day and plundered this race, having run only a week previously, as had been the case in the Diomed Stakes.
Given explained: "Her two latest wins have come seven days after a run, and there wasn't much wrong with her effort in the Matron, when beaten only three and a half lengths by one of the best fillies in Europe (Lush Lashes).
"We may well step up to Group 1 for the Sun Chariot, or go for the Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp. I don't know whether she'll remain in training next year."
The riding honours went to Kirsty Milczarek, who notched a double courtesy of Perfect Flight and Jubilee Juggins.
Perfect Flight has taken on a new lease on life since running on easy ground, and in the sprint handicap advertised her well-being with a two and a half-length success over Masai Moon.
Her trainer Michael Blanshard said: "Kirsty has developed a fine understanding with this filly.
"She's always shown us a lot at home and when she disappointed on the track we didn't know where we were going wrong. Then we ran her on the soft and she suddenly clicked."
Blanshard said he would raise his winner's sights and go for a Listed race next.
Milczarek enjoyed an equally smooth triumph on the Nick Littmoden-trained Jubilee Juggins in the nursery, bringing the 11-4 chance home by two and a quarter lengths from Cocktail Party.
A jumps career could well await the giant Lough Diver, who madeall under Jimmy Quinn to take the 1m3f maiden at 4-6.
His trainer Mark Tompkins said: "He's a lovely big horse. I've trained a couple of the family. He was very green and found this trip too short. The plan would be a mile and three-quarters Listed race at Newmarket."
Kijivu's rider Wanderson D'Avila was handed aone-day ban for using his whip when out of contention.
Go Amwell gained a deserved success in the stayers' handicap. David Probert pushed out the 3-1 favourite to score by two lengths from Rock ‘N' Roller.
Godolphin were out of luck on the first day of the meeting but struck in the opener when Montmorency and Chris Catlin held the late rattle of Park Lane by a nose.
Lady Gloria could beheading to Longchamp on Arc day after her Group 3 win