Before the weekend, there was a feeling that Filly and Mare Turf winner Dank might have her last race at Santa Anita, much to Michael Stoute’s disappointment. Fortunately for him, the win was enough for Dank’s owner, James Wigan, to have a change of heart. He said, “The trainer is going to have his way. I probably won’t get one like her again so we have to make the most of it. She’s been improving all year. I’d love her to go back. She loves that firm turf and it’s at Santa Anita again, but it would be nice to get a European Group 1 race in the bag first.”
Dank already has two US Group 1 wins, as she had taken the fillies’ version of the Arlington Million, the Beverly D Stakes in August. That goal of a European Group 1 (she already has two at Group 3 and one at Group 2) means a rest until next year, and she won’t take up her entry in Hong Kong.
A European Group 1 win was also on the mind of Charlie Hills as he reflected on the meaning of Chriselliam’s Juvenile Fillies’ Turf success. That moved her up the BHA rankings to a mark of 117, putting her alongside fellow Breeders’ Cup winner Outstrip.
It seems obvious that she would go for the 1,000 Guineas next season, but Hills isn’t sure about that and said that he would probably put her in the 2,000 Guineas as well. However, he was clear that he wouldn’t be asking her to run beyond a mile for the time being. “Chriselliam lost six kilos travelling and I’m very happy with her,” he said. “I think we might enter in both, but a lot can happen between now and then. We have Kiyoshi as well and we’ll see what happens with the colts. The filly bracket looks pretty strong, though she’s beaten most of them except for Miss France.”