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Certify Newmarket 28/09/2012

Certify: powers clear to record her first Group 1 victory at Newmarket

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Certify confirms talent in with impressive display

Report: Newmarket, Friday

Shadwell Fillies’ Mile (Group 1)
1m, 2yo

SHE didn't make it easy on herself at the start but in the race itself Certify was electric and the 4-6 favourite made it four wins out of four for a first Group 1 victory.

You'd be very disappointed if it was her last as the speed she showed here to cut her way through the field was impressive.

Green when she hit the front, the winner had four and a half lengths in hand at the line over Roz in second, with Amazonas third.

Paddy Power immediately cut her to 8-1 favourite, from 14, for next May's 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket. Boylesports also go 8-1, while BetVictory went shorter - 6-1 from 10-1.

A delighted Simon Crisford, racing manager to owner Godolphin, said: "That will be probably be enough for the season. She will be put away for next year's 1,000 Guineas and that will be her next port of call.

"She won very well and victory never looked in doubt. From her first race she has always looked very exciting."

This victory was Godolphin's third in three years in the race and trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni's second following on from Lyric Of Light's win 12 months ago. Winning rider Mickael Barzalona was impressed.

Mickael Barzalona - St Leger - Doncaster 2012

Mickael Barzalona: impressed

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

"She's a very nice filly and I hope she keeps going forward. She was a little bit keen, but when I asked her to go she answered," he said.

No question this was impressive, but at the start Certify was showing her immaturity as she gave the stalls handlers a few headaches getting her into stall two. She then missed the break and was not surprisingly a bit keen for the first furlong.

However, it was her move two furlongs out when the field was quickening up that was eyecatching.

Barzalona went for a gap up the inside and the response was instant with the filly going through the gears like a slick little sports car. Once in front she wondered around but with the others tiring, it was all over.

A mile is a long way to go for two-year-old fillies, though looking at her pedigree and her style of racing, Newmarket, rather than Epsom, looks the place to go next season.

Certify has already showed her battling qualities in the May Hill at Doncaster and it is surely now just a case of her training on for this daughter of Elusive Quality to have a favourite's chance in the Guineas.

 
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