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REPORT: MAY HILL STAKES, Thursday
RAINBOW VIEW cemented her place at the head of the 1,000 Guineas market, maintaining her unbeaten record in scintillating style to land the Group 2 May Hill Stakes for last year's St Leger winning combination of owner George Strawbridge and trainer John Gosden.
The 1-3 favourite was slowly away but was pointed towards the centre of the course under Jimmy Fortune and soon crept into a handy spot just off the pace in the seven-runner race.
The field was still tightly grouped inside the final three furlongs but the leaders Lahaleeb and Latin Tinge soon began to feel the pinch and the winner, always travelling ominously well, swooped around the pack with the minimum of fuss.
The gambled on Snoqualmie Girl, backed into 10-1 from 12-1, stayed on bravely for second followed closely by a tiring Lahaleeb and a running-on Rose Diamond.
Gosden said: "She had a 3lb penalty and you don't like to see two-year-olds giving away weight on that holding ground.
"The jockey said it was easy to get through yesterday but it is now dry and holding.
"Jimmy dropped her in and spotted them eight lengths and she has come through nicely on the bridle and done it well.
"Jimmy said it felt like a piece of work for her and he rode her well as he didn't stretch her on the holding ground.
"We'll have a look at the Fillies' Mile now and we'd love to see some sunshinein this country.
"We'll take it one step at a time and see what we think after the Fillies' Mile - next year is a long way off."
Fortune added: "She did it nicely and if the ground was different, I would have sat on her longer but you can get caught out in this ground.
"She'll go on any ground and is a lovely filly. She got a mile standing on her head there and I would say that she would stay well."
Blue Square and Paddy Power slashed the winner to 7-2 favourite (from 6-1 favourite) for next year's 1,000 Guineas.
Boylesports and Blue Square also make the Dynaformer filly the 8-1 favourite for the 2009 Oaks.