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Chriselliam: got the better of Rizeena at odds of 28-1

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) 

Chriselliam comes from last to first in Fillies' Mile

Report: Newmarket, Friday

Shadwell Fillies' Mile (Group 1) 1m, 2yo fillies

CHRISELLIAM caused a major upset in the Fillies' Mile, coming from last to first under Richard Hughes to overhaul 7-4 favourite Rizeena inside the final furlong and winning by a length.

It was a second disappointment for Rizeena's rider James Doyle, who earlier could manage no better than fourth on the Sir Michael Stoute-trained 1,000 Guineas hope Radiator, as he came through the field and hit the front - only to be passed late on.

On Rizeena's first attempt at a mile the pace was sedate and despite a sprint developing the first two home came from off the pace, pulling two lengths clear of Ihtimal in third.

Despite the clear margin of victory Chriselliam remains a far bigger price than Rizeena for next year's 1,000 Guineas, with Paddy Power pushing out the Moyglare winner to 12-1 (from 10) and inserting Chriselliam at 20-1.

Chriselliam, who had finished ninth and second in Group 2 and Listed company on the two starts since losing her maiden tag at the second time of asking, showed a great deal of improvement to land her first Group 1 at odds of 28-1.

Chriselliam, who is part-owned by Willie Carson,is the " ideal Guineas candidate" according to Hughes, who said: "She showed a really good turn of foot. I knew when I settled behind Rizeena that we had a chance because she was the one to beat. She is the ideal Guineas candidate. She moves good and travels well and she has just shown she has a very good turn of foot."

Hills added: "We have loved her since the day she came into the yard. She has such a big stride. Things haven't really gone right for her. We took her to Deauville and for whatever reason she ran flat. We were scratching our heads and then at Haydock she unfortunately went a little too soon. Since then she has been working great and I was looking forward to today."

Rizeena, who was having her eighth start this season, is now done for the year. Her trainer Clive Brittain said: "She came to win the race and then just got run out of it. She definitely got the trip and she may have been better with a cut of ease in the ground. We will put her away now for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas."

Silvestre de Sousa, rider of Ihtimal, said: "She ran a good race and there are no excuses. That is probably as good as she is."

 
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