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Dandalla storms back to winning form at Ayr

Dandalla burst from the wilderness with a classy performance to win the Listed Arran Scottish Sprint EBF Fillies’ Stakes at Ayr.

Twice a Group-race winner as a two-year-old, the Karl Burke-trained filly had failed to live up to expectations this season.

Tweet Tweet took the field along up the stands rail, with Bimble prominent on the far side, but Dandalla (13-2) took it up over a furlong out under Ben Curtis and won cosily by a length and three-quarters in a record time for the five and a half furlongs. Bimble was second, with Keep Busy a short head away third.

The syndicate-owned filly’s connections have eyes on a major move back up in class next, for the Group One Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye at ParisLongchamp.

“We saw it coming,” said owners’ spokesman Nick Bradley.

“We fell into the trap of trying to step her up for the Guineas and hadn’t realised it was five rather than six (she needed) when we came back in trip.

“(Jockey) Jamie Spencer pointed that out after she ran at Pontefract – so give him credit. Ben (Curtis) rode her well at Beverley, but she was drawn in the car park (that day), and we thought she’d win today.

“She’s always had the ability, but we kept putting her in the wrong race or tactics were wrong.

“If she had disappointed she’d have gone for a Listed race at Ascot. She’s obviously won well, so she’s going to go for the Abbaye next.”

Elsewhere on the card, Vertiginous confirmed the form of her runs in the Queen Mary and Lowther Stakes to get off the mark with a Listed success in the British EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes.

The Brian Meehan-trained filly was the only maiden among the 13 runners, but her performances at Group level showed she had plenty of ability – and she delivered in convincing style.

Travelling well throughout in the hands of Paul Mulrennan, Vertiginous (17-2) made all to score by two lengths from Mitbaahy in a course record time for two-year-olds.

Ger Lyons’ Irish raider Geocentric was a length away third.

Meehan said: “I’m very pleased. She’s been consistent all year. We’ve been running her over six on her last two starts, but she’s got so much pace.

“She’s a lovely filly, very talented and has got a super temperament. She’s as cool as anything and takes it all in her stride.

Brian Meehan's Vertiginous was a Listed winner at Ayr
Brian Meehan’s Vertiginous was a Listed winner at Ayr (Julian Herbert/PA)

“I went up there with good confidence because I knew she was going to run a big race – her form was so good, and she’s a model of consistency.

“I think there’s more to come, perhaps in the the Cornwallis, and we’ll look at other options.”

The well-backed 4-1 favourite Call Me Ginger led home a one-two for trainer Jim Goldie in the Virgin Bet Ayr Bronze Cup – giving Mulrennan a double.

The in-form rider produced the five-year-old with a late run on the far side to lead in the final half-furlong and win by half a length from stablemate Be Proud.

Tweet Tweet all set for Listed engagement at Ayr

Tweet Tweet bids to continue her progression in the Arran Scottish Sprint EBF Fillies’ Stakes at Ayr on Friday.

Placed on each of her three starts as a juvenile last season, Declan Carroll’s charge has won three times from four outings this term and arrives on a hat-trick following summer victories at Haydock and York.

Carroll feels the time is right to test the water at Listed level in Scotland.

He said: “She’s in great form and it looks like she’s ready for a step up. This is her next step up and we’ll see how she gets on.

“She’s drawn high (stall 15) and I’ll tell you after the race if that is good or bad!

“We’ll play the cards we’re dealt and see how it goes.”

Dandalla has lots of high-class form to her name
Dandalla has lots of high-class form to her name (Julian Finney/PA)

The Karl Burke-trained Dandalla looked a potential superstar in the making after winning the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket last summer, but is winless in eight starts since.

However, connections were encouraged by her fifth place in last month’s Beverley Bullet from a wide draw and hopes are high ahead of her latest assignment.

Nick Bradley, racing manager for the owners, said: “I think she’ll nearly win.

“We’ve messed it up in terms of how we’ve been riding her and tactics. We think we’ve now figured it out and we think she’s going to run a massive race on Friday.

“She’ll be there or thereabouts.”

Other contenders for the five-and-a-half-furlong Listed contest include John Quinn’s Keep Busy and a quartet of Irish raiders in Ken Condon’s pair of Teresa Mendoza and Let’s, Joe Murphy’s White Lavender and Russian River from Joseph O’Brien’s yard.

Listed honours are also up for grabs in the preceding British EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes, in which the Burke-Bradley combination is represented by three-times winner Fast Response.

The Fast Company juvenile turns out just five days after dominating her rivals in a conditions event at Musselburgh.

Bradley added: “We thought she’d win up at Musselburgh as she was flying at home.

“She’s come out of the race well and Jason (Hart) keeps the ride. Hopefully she goes there with an each-way chance.”

The 13-strong field features two Irish challengers, with the Ger Lyons-trained Geocentric joined by Michael O’Callaghan’s Naas maiden winner Ernest Rutherford.

“He’s come out of his race in Naas well and we’re quite hopeful,” said O’Callaghan.

“He’s a nice colt and we wouldn’t be bringing him over if we didn’t think he’d run a big race.”

Fev Rover camp face choice of Sun Chariot and Prix de l’Opera

Fev Rover has the Sun Chariot at Newmarket or the Prix de l’Opera at ParisLongchamp as options for the rest of the season.

Richard Fahey’s filly returned to her best form to chase home Jessica Harrington’s Real Appeal in the Boomerang Mile at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Having finished a close third in the 1000 Guineas, Fev Rover had subsequently disappointed twice in heavy ground – but back on a sound surface, she showed her old dash.

“There are only two real options left for her,” said Nick Bradley, who runs the syndicate which owns the filly.

“There’s the Sun Chariot at Newmarket or the Prix de l’Opera on Arc weekend, which is obviously over a mile and two furlongs.

“As they are close together, she can only do one, so she’ll be going wherever the best ground is basically.

“I thought she ran very well at the weekend. Basically she’s a very good filly on top of the ground.”

Another smart filly in the white and black Bradley silks is the George Boughey-trained Corazon, who was a close third in the Flying Childers at Doncaster on Friday.

“There is a fair case that if she was drawn high she would have won – it all unfolded against the rail,” said Bradley.

“There is a chance she could be supplemented for the Prix de l’Abbaye or if not she could go for the Cheveley Park.

“Obviously she’s done all her racing over five. I’d say the Abbaye is the favourite at the moment.

“Del Mar (Breeders’ Cup)  is on the list as well. She could go out there – as will Oscula, probably, as well. Hellomydarlin is another who could go there, too.”

Sophie’s Star out to shine at Naas

Owner-breeder Nick Bradley is hoping Sophie’s Star can enhance her potential value as a broodmare with a prominent showing in the Listed Arqana Irish EBF Marwell Stakes at Naas.

Trained in North Yorkshire by Karl Burke, the Cotai Glory filly crosses the Irish Sea with a consistent profile, having finished out of the first two just once in six starts.

The Thirsk and Beverley winner was last seen filling the runner-up spot on her return to the Westwood just last week, but hopes are high she can pick make her presence felt in the Nick Bradley Racing colours on Wednesday.

Bradley said: “She’s a home-bred filly, so the breeder would be delighted if we could get some black type!

“It’s a six-runner race and it looks like she has a chance. Joseph O’Brien’s filly (Pennine Hills) made all over six furlongs last time and looks useful, but we think we’re pretty good as well.

“She’s very tough, this filly. I’ve run her every week, and she hasn’t been out of the first two since debut.

“I’d expect her to be there or thereabouts.”

Pennine Hills impressed on her racecourse debut at Fairyhouse, while Jessica Harrington’s Impeachd Alexander and the Johnny Murtagh-trained Ladies Church also line up off the back of victories.

Kimbah (Nigel Slevin) and Orinoco River (Donnacha O’Brien) are the other hopefuls.

A much bigger field of 14 runners is set to go to post for the other Listed race on the card – the Yeomanstown Stud Irish EBF Stakes.

On ratings the standard is set by Harrington’s Dickiedooda, with Ken Condon’s Teresa Mendoza and Back To Brussels from Fozzy Stack’s yard also in contention.

Bradley trio bid for Duchess of Cambridge repeat

Nick Bradley fires a three-pronged assault in a bid to repeat his success of last year in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.

The successful syndicate manager enjoyed a one-two in the Group Two contest 12 months ago, with Karl Burke’s favourite Dandalla edging out the Richard Fahey-trained Fev Rover by a head.

The chief hope this season appears to be George Boughey’s Oscula, an impressive winner of the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom last month before finishing third in the Albany at Royal Ascot behind Sandrine and Hello You – who both renew rivalry.

The Nick Bradley Racing colours are also carried by Shouldavbeenmore (Fahey) and Honey Sweet (Burke), who finished fourth and seventh respectively in the Listed Empress Stakes at Newmarket a fortnight ago.

Oscula with connections after winning at Epsom
Oscula with connections after winning at Epsom (Mike Egerton/Jockey Club)

“I think they all go there with a good chance,” said Bradley.

“Sandrine is a smart filly, and the Amo Racing horse (Hello You) is pretty smart as well. But I think we’ve got three live chances, and I wouldn’t discount any of them from winning.

“Mark Crehan, who could have had the pick of everything, will ride Oscula.

“Honey Sweet was seventh in the Empress Stakes at Newmarket, but I think that day she was probably on the lesser part of the track. PJ McDonald rides her.

“We’ll try and win it, like we did last year.”

Sandrine is bidding to make it three from three, having made a winning debut at Kempton before striking Ascot gold.

Conditions will be far less testing on the July Course than they were in Berkshire, and trainer Andrew Balding is keeping his fingers crossed she can prove as effective.

He said: “I’ve been very happy with her since Ascot.

“Ground conditions will be very different, and that’s a question mark. But she seems in good form, and I thought she was very impressive in the Albany, so fingers crossed for a good run.”

Eldrickjones out to break duck in July Stakes

Royal Ascot runner-up Eldrickjones bids to go one better in the Tattersalls July Stakes at Newmarket.

Beaten just a nose on his racecourse debut at Thirsk in early June, the Cotai Glory colt justified the bold decision made by his connections to run in the Coventry Stakes less than a fortnight later – beating all bar the impressive winner Berkshire Shadow.

That performance came as no surprise to Nick Bradley, who manages the syndicate which owns the Roger Fell-trained juvenile, and hopes are high for his latest Group Two assignment on Thursday.

“It looks no stronger than the Coventry, and some might say it’s a little bit weaker,” said Bradley.

“He’s in very good form. Danny Tudhope did a bit of work on him last week and was buzzing him – he thinks he’s a very smart horse.

“Unfortunately Danny can’t ride on Thursday, because he’s got to ride at Doncaster. But he goes there with a massive chance, I think.”

Another colt who went close to winning at the Royal meeting is the Bryan Smart-trained Project Dante, who was beaten just a head and a nose into third in the Norfolk Stakes.

That form has been well advertised since, with the runner-up Go Bears Go landing the Railway Stakes at the Curragh, and Smart is keen to see how Project Dante fares stepping up to six furlongs for the first time.

“The horse proved his worth (at Ascot), and we like him a lot,” Smart told Sky Sports Racing.

“He did a nice piece of work on Friday and had a nice little blow on Tuesday morning – Graham Lee rode him and was thrilled with him. He said he feels as good as if not better than he did before Royal Ascot.

“I think he’ll get the trip, because he settles and you can put him in most places. I think he’ll settle well, and Graham will just work away.”

Ebro River (left) in winning action at Sandown
Ebro River (left) in winning action at Sandown (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Hugo Palmer saddles both Dig Two and Ebro River, who finished second in the Windsor Castle Stakes and fifth in the Coventry respectively on their latest appearances.

He said: “They both ran very well at Ascot. It’s always tricky having two colts in the same race, but I feel they both deserve to take their chance. They’ve both really thrived since Ascot – I’ve been delighted with them.

“The weather forecast is very tricky. Ebro River is a winner of a Listed race on soft ground, so any significant rain wouldn’t hinder his chances, but I think he proved at Ascot he’s also fine on top of the ground.

“Dig Two definitely wants quick ground, so if the word soft started to appear in the going description we would probably take him out.

“Having walked the track, I think the ground will probably be somewhere between good and good to firm, in which case they will both run.

“It’s too much to hope for a dead-heat, but I hope they’ll both run well.”

Asymmetric puts his unbeaten record on the line for Alan King, having followed up debut success at Goodwood with a clear-cut victory over this course and distance.

“He’s won his two races, and we have to find out if he’s up to this sort of level,” said the Barbury Castle trainer.

“We’ve been very happy with him at home, and it will be interesting. He’s always worked like a really smart two-year-old and has a great attitude. I genuinely wouldn’t know how good he is, but he does everything very easily at home.

“It is a big step up in class, but I think better ground should suit him, so we’ll see how we get on.”

Mystery Angel ‘likely’ to take up Lancashire Oaks date

Cazoo Oaks runner-up Mystery Angel could bid to go one better in the bet365 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on Saturday.

George Boughey’s three-year-old was a widely unconsidered 50-1 shot for the fillies’ Classic at Epsom earlier in the month, but gave members of the Nick Bradley Racing syndicate that own her a thrill in beating all bar Aidan O’Brien’s runaway winner Snowfall.

Mystery Angel is reported to have taken those exertions well and is set to return to action for this weekend’s Group Two feature on Merseyside.

“She’s a likely runner at Haydock on Saturday,” said Bradley.

“She’s in serious form at home – George couldn’t be happier with her. I think if you were to put a gun to his head, he’d say she’s better now than she was before Epsom.

“The Oaks form looks strong. The horse that was 13th (Zeyaadah) won that Group Three the other day and Aidan O’Brien’s filly (Santa Barbara, fifth at Epsom) was just touched off in that Group One in Ireland on Sunday.”

Ben Curtis has been on board Mystery Angel on her last three starts, but could miss out on Saturday after dislocating his shoulder when riding at Newcastle on Friday.

Alpinista could take on Mystery Angel
Alpinista could take on Mystery Angel (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Bradley added: “I don’t know if Ben will be able to ride or not. I think he’s seeing a specialist this week. If Ben doesn’t ride, I suspect Mark Crehan might take the ride.”

Mystery Angel is one of 11 entries for the Lancashire Oaks, with the standard set by Sir Mark Prescott’s Alpinista.

The daughter of Frankel is rated 113 after chasing home the brilliant Love in the Yorkshire Oaks last summer and could make her first appearance since winning a Listed prize at Goodwood in April, having missed two engagements since.

Henry Candy’s La Lune could bid to follow up her course-and-distance victory in the Pinnacle Stakes, while the Joseph O’Brien-trained Traisha is a potential challenger from Ireland.

Bradley delighted by Royal Ascot efforts

Nick Bradley reflected on Royal Ascot with pride after a busy and successful meeting for his eponymous racing partnerships.

The syndicate had entrants on all five days of the Royal meeting, with Eldrickjones coming closest to victory when finishing second behind Berkshire Shadow in the Group Two Coventry Stakes.

The son of Cotai Glory was beaten by a length and a quarter having started at huge odds of 66-1, and Bradley feels the Roger Fell-trained bay could have gone one better had luck been on his side.

“The two two-year-old colts ran really well, with Eldrickjones finishing second in the Coventry,” he said.

Eldrickjones (right) finishing second in the Coventry Stakes
Eldrickjones (right) finishing second in the Coventry Stakes (David Davies/PA)

“I think if you ran that race again and it worked out slightly differently, he’d probably win.”

Bradley’s other two-year-old colt was racecourse debutant Kaboo, who finished sixth in the Windsor Castle Stakes after finding himself at the centre of a huge gamble that saw him backed from 66-1 down to 15-2.

“That was an almighty debut to finish sixth,” Bradley said of the colt’s run.

“Again, I think if you ran that race on a different day he’d be finishing better than sixth.

“Both are exciting colts to take forwards. We’ve only got three two-year-old colts in training, so for two of them to run so well at Royal Ascot, it says a lot about what we’re trying to do.”

The syndicate enjoyed a third-placed finish in the Group Three Albany Stakes, a race they won last season with Dandalla, with George Boughey’s Oscula this time carrying the hopes of the partnership when galloping alone down the inside rail to cross the line two lengths behind the winner.

“We took a brave man’s tactic in that race, I sent both of them up the rail,” Bradley said of the tactics employed by Oscula and Hellomydarlin, his second runner in the contest.

“I said to the jockeys ‘if we get it right, you can claim the glory, if we get it wrong, it’s my fault’.

“I just thought, with the way the races were running previous to that, that the rail would be the place to be.

“We very nearly pulled it off. I think if we had won I would be smiling for a very long time, especially having won it the previous year.

“Mark (Crehan, jockey) gave her (Oscula) a great ride, she’s a filly that we didn’t pay a lot of money for competing against Dubawis and £400,000 yearlings.

“We were proud of her performance.”

Dandalla returned to the fixture after her success last year, this time taking aim at the Group One Commonwealth Cup and finishing fourth at 33-1 after failing to fire in previous runs at Newbury and Haydock.

Dandalla winning the Albany Stakes during the 2020 Royal meeting
Dandalla winning the Albany Stakes during the 2020 Royal meeting (Edward Whitaker/PA)

“Myself and Karl always had faith in Dandalla, we knew that the engine was still there,” Bradley said.

“It was just a case of getting things wrong at Haydock and we’ve put the record straight.

“To put the record straight in a race like the Commonwealth Cup was very rewarding. Fourth in a race like that, behind two rockets that finished first and second (Campanelle and Dragon Symbol), it’s probably a career best run.”

After a busy Royal Ascot the syndicate will now look forward to Newmarket’s July meeting as their next target.

“We have had runners there every day of the week, I think we took over 200 owners there in total,” said Bradley.

“It was rewarding and we’re now going to look forward to the next one and try to get things right for fixtures like the Newmarket July meeting.”

Mystery Angel camp ponder next move

Mystery Angel is expected back in action next month as connections mull options for her next race after she vindicated the decision to supplement for the Cazoo Oaks by finishing second to the brilliant Snowfall.

Owners Nick Bradley Racing 27 and partner stumped up £22,500 to add her to the Classic at the confirmation stage, and were rewarded with a near £85,000 pay packet.

The George Boughey-trained filly will not run at Royal Ascot but should return next month instead.

“It was a great run. We knew she was in great form going into the race,” said Nick Bradley.

“We had a plan – Ben (Curtis) executed it perfectly and everything went well. The best horse won and the second-best horse was second.

“I was delighted with her. She won’t go to Royal Ascot. Beyond that, there isn’t an obvious race for her.

“I’d like to run her back at Newmarket. I think there’s a Group Three for three-year-olds over a mile and a quarter.

“Nothing is concrete at the moment, but she’ll run somewhere early next month.”

Oscula has options at Royal Ascot and Chantilly following her victory at Epsom
Oscula has options at Royal Ascot and Chantilly following her victory at Epsom (John Walton/PA)

It was a fabulous Friday at Epsom for the Boughey and Bradley team, as Oscula kicked the meeting off with a clear-cut victory in the Woodcote Stakes.

The daughter of Galileo Gold earned quotes as low at 6-1 for the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.

She could go for the Group Three, or possibly to Chantilly for the Prix du Bois on June 20.

“She’s a quality filly and she won it very easily,” said Bradley.

“Mark (Crehan) gave her a great ride, and it was his biggest day. I was delighted for him. I enjoy working with him – he’s having plenty of success now.

“She may go to Ascot for the Albany, (or) she may go to France for a Group Three on Chantilly on Prix de Diane day – the Prix du Bois.”

Dandalla ready for Haydock mission

Hopes are high that Dandalla can get back on the winning trail in the EBF British Stallion Studs Cecil Frail at Haydock.

Karl Burke’s filly looked a potential superstar in the making as she left rivals trailing in her wake in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, after which she touched off fellow Nick Bradley Racing-owned filly Fev Rover in the Duchess of Cambridge at Newmarket.

While Fev Rover has gone on to finish third in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, Dandalla has slightly lost her way – finishing fifth in the Cheveley Park Stakes in September and seventh on her return to action in the Fred Darling at Newbury last month.

The daughter of Dandy Man drops in distance and class for Friday’s six-furlong Listed feature, and connections are expecting a bold showing.

“This looks a good spot for her,” said Bradley.

“We’re going to do something slightly different regarding going into the stalls, because she’s been a little bit difficult the last couple of times. Hopefully that works, and I think she’ll run a big race.

“I think a repeat of her run at Newbury will probably see her win here, or certainly go close, but I would expect her to come on for the run as well.

“We’re going there hoping she’ll win.”

Dandalla is set to face five rivals on Merseyside, with Kevin Ryan’s older mare Last Empire and Richard Fahey’s Ventura Diamond renewing rivalry after finishing second and third in the Kilvington Stakes at Nottingham a fortnight ago.

Recent Ripon scorer Twilight Spinner (David O’Meara), Dense Star (Stuart Williams) and Mamba Wamba (Adrian Nicholls) also feature.

Irish Guineas tempting for Fev Rover camp

Fev Rover appears increasingly likely to have a second tilt at Classic glory in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

A winner at Listed and Group Two level as a juvenile last season, the Nick Bradley Racing-owned filly ran an excellent race in defeat for trainer Richard Fahey in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket at the start of this month – finishing a close-up third behind Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth.

Coronavirus restrictions make a trip across the Irish Sea a little more complicated than would usually be the case, but connections are keen to run on Sunday.

Bradley said: “Fev Rover is all good – she worked yesterday (Tuesday) and worked well.

“We are going to make a final decision on Thursday morning – but right now, I suspect we’re going to run.

“After the Guineas she had a few extra days in her box, but she worked well earlier in the week.

“With the current situation in the world, you don’t really want to be going to Ireland and France if you can help it. That said, this is the last 1000 Guineas of the season and it looks like a good spot for her.”

If Fev Rover is given the green light for an Irish trip, Bradley believes she should prove “hard to beat” in her bid to become the first British-trained winner of the race since Just The Judge in 2013.

He added: “The ground is probably not going to be ideal – it looks like it’s going to be on the soft side.

“I think it’s either run in Ireland or wait for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot – and taking everything into account, I suspect we’ll be running this weekend.

“I think a reproduction of her run at Newmarket would make her hard to beat.”

Fev Rover camp eye choice of Group One targets

Fev Rover has either the Irish 1,000 Guineas or the Prix Saint-Alary on her agenda after her big run at Newmarket.

Richard Fahey’s filly outran odds of 22-1 to be beaten only a length and a quarter into third by Mother Earth in Sunday’s 1000 Guineas.

Taking a keen hold from the stalls, Fev Rover disputed the lead for the first five furlongs before crossing the line a neck behind runner-up Saffron Beach.

Nick Bradley’s racing partnership owns the horse, and he was in attendance alongside a clutch of fellow shareholders.

“Fev Rover ran a great race,” he said.

“We decided we wanted to be handy, because there didn’t look to be much pace in the race.

“She was a little keen early doors, but we had her where we wanted her.

“She looked like she was going to drop away, but then she picked up out of the dip and ran really well.”

The daughter of Gutaifan had previously enjoyed both Group and Listed successes, having gained black type form in Sandown’s Star Stakes last season before taking the Prix du Calvados at Deauville.

Bradley has another tilt at Group One glory pencilled in this month, with both the Irish Classic at the Curragh and ParisLongchamp’s Prix Saint-Alary under consideration.

“I haven’t spoken to Richard (Fahey) this morning,” he said.

“But we’ll probably go for the Irish Guineas or the Alary next.”

Should the latter race be targeted, Bradley’s filly is likely to cross paths with another who did his silks proud at Newmarket on Sunday.

Mystery Angel gave rookie trainer George Boughey his highest-profile winner to date when taking the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes under Ben Curtis.

The length-and-three-quarters victory signified a change in fortunes for the daughter of Kodi Bear, who has been narrowly beaten three times in Listed contests.

Her efforts in the Silver Tankard Stakes at Pontefract, the Montrose Stakes at Newmarket and the Prix Rose de Mai all fell just short of the mark, with her subsequent run in the Prix Francois Mathet at Saint-Cloud ending in a fifth-placed finish.

“She’s been really unlucky,” said Bradley.

“From when Frankie (Dettori) rode her at Newmarket onwards, she probably should have won all those races.

Mystery Angel ridden by Ben Curtis wins the Betfair Pretty Polly Stakes during 1000 Guineas Day, part of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse
Mystery Angel and Ben Curtis won the Betfair Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket (Mike Egerton/PA)

“Things didn’t quite go our way in each circumstance for different reasons, but yesterday she showed everybody how good she was.

“We knew she was that good, but the last one kind of knocked our confidence a little bit.

“She’s obviously a very good filly, and Ben (Curtis) gave her a great ride – the tactics were to take to the front and make it a stamina test.”

Next week’s Musidora Stakes at York is a possibility, but Bradley is more inclined to target the Prix Saint-Alary and a possible clash with Fev Rover.

“She (Mystery Angel) ran a great race and she will probably go for the Alary next,” he said.

“We’ll look at the Musidora, but it’ll probably be the Group One Alary in France.”

Fev Rover team in no rush to decide on possible seasonal finale

Connections of Fev Rover will wait until next week before deciding whether the Group Two-winning filly will run again this season.

Trainer Richard Fahey and owners Nick Bradley Racing 43 and Partner will give the Prix du Calvados winner time to recover after finishing fourth in a rough race for the Prix Marcel Boussac at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

Should the daughter of Gutaifan be given the go-ahead to run again this year, then her target will either be a Group One over a mile at Saint-Cloud later in the month or the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland.

“There are only two possible races for her – there’s a Group One in France in about two and a half weeks at Saint-Cloud, a mile race. There’s that or the Breeders’ Cup,” said Bradley.

“I said to Richard (Fahey), let’s have a chat in a week’s time when he’s got her home and seen how she is.”

Bradley reflected on her bad luck in the Marcel Boussac won by Tiger Tanaka.

“I thought she was very unlucky, but that happens in horse racing,” he said.

“She ran great, she got interfered with twice, the jockey got banned but that doesn’t really help us – that’s racing.

“After the race she was fine, there wasn’t a cut on her.”

Dandalla may have lost her 100 per cent when only fifth in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket, but Bradley has not lost faith in her and is hoping she will develop into a Classic contender in the spring.

The daughter of Dandy Man had won her three previous races, including the Group Three Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Group Two Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.

Dandalla winning the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket
Dandalla winning the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket (Hugh Routledge/PA)

“She won’t run again this year. She’ll be prepped for a run, potentially, in a Guineas and run in a trial – probably at Newbury for the old Fred Darling,” he said.

On her run in the Cheveley Park, Bradley felt the Karl Burke-trained filly did not handle the track.

“She was fine. She was sound afterwards and I just think she hated the dip,” he said.

“There was a strong tailwind that day and they can only run so fast when you’ve got a wind like that and then to run into a dip.

“That made it even harder and she changed her legs three times in the space of about 50 yards. I think that was the issue there.”