Cumani filly at 16-1 looks a God Given bet
Progressive Group 3 winner primed to peak on British Champions Day
The Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes can often be wide-open and that may well be the case again this year with most of those near the head of the market – Seventh Heaven, Enable, Rhododendron and Winter – having alternative targets.
In contrast, Luca Cumani's God Given is on target for the race and may have gone slightly under the radar at 16-1.
Considering her regal pedigree – the daughter of Nathaniel is a half-sister to four-time Group 1 winner Postponed – God Given is not that well known, perhaps because she gained her first Group 3 win in France last time.
Cumani has been typically patient with this filly and only now is it starting to pay dividends, but her quality was evident from the very start as she ran into Prix Saint-Alary winner Sobetsu on her first start before finishing third in an exceptional maiden behind Shutter Speed which has produced four subsequent winners in total, including Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Hertford Dancer.
God Given proved she was a filly on the upgrade with a decisive win in a competitive renewal of the Listed Aphrodite Stakes before claiming the Prix Minerve in style, leading from pillar to post to demonstrate her versatility and showing a good attitude to deny allcomers in the closing stages.
You could argue the bare form of these performances doesn’t look exceptionally strong, and her official rating of 105 indicates she has more to find to win a Group 1, but she can do little more than win and has a thoroughly attractive profile in a field full of largely exposed quantities.
This strong-staying filly has shown a penchant for soft ground – she is three from four on soft – which she is likely to get at Ascot in October and this race has been the target since her French foray, so she could just surprise a few people.