Appleby admits Wild Illusion was outstayed by a better horse on the day
Connections of Wild Illusion, who came into the race on the back of her Qipco 1,000 Guineas fourth-placed finish, concluded that she was outstayed after the Oaks favourite was left behind by Forever Together in the closing stages and beaten four and a half lengths into second.
Trainer Charlie Appleby said: "We thought stamina would be her forte and when William [Buick] made his move, I thought we were going to go through and win it. But Forever Together was on the rail and it's a bit of an advantage.
"She came there to win her race and we got beaten by a better horse on the day.
"She was just outstayed, but we didn't lose too much in defeat and live to fight another day."
Buick spoke in similar vein, saying: "She just met one on the day who was a superior stayer.
"She stays a mile and a half and has a bit of zip and class. She has finished second in an Oaks, so we're really happy with her."
With Aidan O'Brien-trained horses taking four of the first five places, the second non-Ballydoyle filly home was sixth-placed Give And Take.
James Doyle, who will be hoping for better on stable companion Young Rascal in the Investec Derby, said: "I could never get into it. I was never in a rhythm at all. It just didn't happen today."
Adam Kirby and Clive Cox were adamant the ground was the issue with Lingfield trial winner Perfect Clarity, who finished seventh of the nine runners.
Cox said: "It was a bit too soft for her, nothing more than that. The writing was on the wall a long way out but it was the softest ground she's run on.
"We'll see how she comes out of this but I wouldn't rule out Royal Ascot. Better ground is obviously a more important factor than we realised."
Jamie Spencer believed the ground was also the main factor as far as Ejtyah was concerned. The Musidora third was virtually pulled up in last place.
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