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Elusive Kate - Deauville 28.07.2013

Elusive Kate: filly was far too smart for her Rothschild rivals

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Elusive Kate easily wins second Prix Rothschild

ELUSIVE KATE won back-to-back Prix Rothschilds at Deauville under William Buick for trainer John Gosden.

The filly was prominent throughout before kicking away from the chasing pack to easily take her second Group 1 win in a row.

Tom Queally tracked the eventual winner on Lady Cecil's Chigun but could not match the impressive turn of foot shown by Elusive Kate.

Second-favourite Duntle was taken wider by Wayne Lordan but could only managed second, two and a half lengths behind the 19-10 favourite.

Speaking from Ascot, trainer John Gosden did not rule out a return to Deauville, where his filly has now won four times from five attempts, for the Prix Jacques le Marois but suggested the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown is more likely.

He said: "She's a good filly, isn't she? She's tough and she's handled the ground well.

"We're delighted with her run and it proves what fabulous fillies ran together last time in the Falmouth.

"It was a good performance and we will have a look at the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown."

Jockey William Buick added: "If you go through her form she has never run a bad race and she's been beautifully trained and well-managed.

"She's getting better and better and she's got a very exciting season ahead of her. There was an even pace, we didn't go fast but the ground was pretty testing so the pace was perfect and I was always happy with the position I had. When I looked around I was surprised to see how far clear I was."

The win is as a boost for connections following the appeal made by Sky Lantern's team after the Falmouth, who argued their horse had been prevented from winning the race when Elusive Kate drifted across the July Course at Newmarket.

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