Free Wind breezes home for impressive Park Hill verdict

Free Wind continued her rapid progression when routing her rivals the Hippo Pro3 Park Hill Fillies’ Stakes at Doncaster.

A second Group Two winner of the afternoon for Frankie Dettori and John and Thady Gosden, Free Wind was sent off the 15-8 favourite and ran out a hugely-impressive seven-length winner.

Victorious in three of her four outings this season, this was undoubtedly a career-best performance and Dettori always looked in control.

Yesyes took over at the head of affairs three furlongs from home, but Dettori was still motionless before beginning to make his challenge against the far rail.

Free Wind had questions to answer about her stamina, but the filly just pulled further and further clear.

Hugo Palmer’s Golden Pass stayed on into second with Yesyes holding on for third.

Free Wind delighted Thady Gosden
Free Wind delighted Thady Gosden (Mike Egerton/PA)

Paddy Power go 9-2 about Free Wind’s chance in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot next month, although the daughter of Galileo has another option in France.

Thady Gosden said: “That was very pleasing.

“Obviously the trip was an unknown. She’d only won over a mile and a half before in France.

“She could have run in the St Leger. We’ll never know what would have happened. Obviously today’s race was a different kettle of fish.

“She settles well off any pace really and also has a turn of foot that most of those others wouldn’t necessarily have.

“Frankie rode her perfectly – he put her to sleep and she quickened up nicely.

“The obvious options are the fillies and mares race on Champions Day and there’s also the Prix Royallieu on Arc day as well.”

Frankie Dettori would be favouring France for Free Wind
Frankie Dettori would be favouring France for Free Wind (Mike Egerton/PA)

Dettori feels next month’s ParisLongchamp contest could be the best option.

He added: “She hasn’t stopped improving. Wow, what a performance today, she’s improved a lot.

“I suspect the Prix de Royallieu on Arc weekend will be next.

“I rode her on loose ground in Deauville and good to firm today and she’s getting better.

“She’s quite tiny but she’s got a massive heart with a big engine.”

Free Wind blows away Prix Minerve field

Free Wind completed a big-race double for the Gosden-Dettori combination at Deauville with an impressive display in the Prix Minerve.

Just over an hour after stable star Palace Pier had successfully defended his crown in the Prix Jacques le Marois, Free Wind was an 11-2 chance to bag Group Three honours over an extended mile and a half.

Runner-up in a Listed event at Newmarket on her latest appearance, the daughter of Galileo raised her game to go one better in some style under Frankie Dettori, proving a length and a half too strong for Andre Fabre’s 11-8 favourite Burgarita.

Thady Gosden, who trains Free Wind in partnership with his father John, told Sky Sports Racing: “She’s a filly that tries her heart out every time and she’s progressed well through the year.

“She was obviously second in a Listed race at Newmarket over a mile and a half last time and she’s improved again today.

“She stays a mile and a half well and we definitely wouldn’t be afraid of stepping her up to a mile and six (furlongs) later on in the year.

“There’s races back here over a mile and a half and one at the end of the year over a mile and six, so we’ll speak to Mr Strawbridge (owner) and see what he wants to do.

“Frankie gave her a brilliant ride, as he did in the last race. He’s in flying form, which always helps.”

Earlier in the afternoon Oneforthegutter came close to claiming the Group Three Circus Maximus Francois Boutin Stakes for Ian Williams and William Buick, but was beaten a head by Who Knows.