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David Elsworth

David Elsworth: thinks runner-up Cocktail Queen could be an Oaks type 

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Cocktail Queen second for David Elsworth

Report: France, Wednesday

Deauville: Prix des Reservoirs (Group 3) 1m, 2yo

COCKTAIL Queen ran a gutsy race to finish second in her first run at Group level but had no answers to a filly for whom Godolphin harbour Classic hopes.

The runner-up lost nothing in defeat when going under by a length to odds-on favourite Tasaday (Andre Fabre/Maxime Guyon), who is considered one of the best juvenile fillies in France.

David Elsworth, trainer of Cocktail Queen, said: "She ran well and we were guessing a little at this level but the filly won her maiden well at Nottingham. She is an improving sort and we were expecting a big run. I think she is more of an Oaks type and now she has black-type to her credit."

Always in the first two, Cocktail Queen, partnered by Christophe Lemaire, advanced on the very soft ground to lead at the two-furlong marker but Guyon was preparing Tasaday for her final challenge.

Ridden with just hands and heels, the daughter of Nayef lengthened her stride and won with something in hand, landing a hat-trick over a mile in the process.

Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford said: "She won well and is progressive. She's a nice filly for 2013."

Guyon added: "I think she could be a Classic filly next year."

 
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