2021 bet365 Fillies’ Mile Runner-By-Runner Preview
Friday’s feature race is the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile. Run over Newmarket’s famous Rowley mile, this Group 1 contest has been won by the likes of Minding and Laurens in recent seasons, and this year’s renewal promises to be an equally fascinating affair. In anticipation of this, our expert has produced their in-depth bet365 Fillies’ Mile runner-by-runner preview, which includes a big race verdict and predicted 1-2-3.
bet365 Fillies’ Mile (1m), 3:35pm Newmarket, Friday October 8th
1. BOUQUET (T: John & Thady Gosden, J: Rab Havlin)
Bred in the purple being from the family of Derby winner Serpentine. Respectable third in a July course maiden on debut earlier this year (form franked) and she stepped forward on that showing when justifying favouritism to land an Ascot novice last month. This represents a significant step up on that, however, and you’d imagine the yard have a good barometer of her ability compared to stablemate Inspiral.
2. CACHET (T: George Boughey, J: James Doyle)
Quite experienced filly with this set to be her seventh career start. Bounced back from a modest Longchamp Group 3 run when finishing runner-up in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes (7f) here last month. That run suggested that stepping back up to a mile could unlock some improvement, but she holds nothing more than each-way claims – particularly with the ground conditions probably a touch slower than ideal.
3. CONCERT HALL (T: Aidan O’Brien, J: Ryan Moore)
Impeccably bred being a Dubawi filly out of Oaks winner Was. One of only two horses in this line-up to have already contested a race at the top level, having finished fourth in the Moyglare Stud at the Curragh on her penultimate run. Stepped forward on that showing when landing a Group 3 back at the Curragh last time out. Expected to be suited by the step up to a mile and definite chance if the ground dries out.
4. INSPIRAL (T: John & Thady Gosden, J: Frankie Dettori)
Exciting filly who is unbeaten from her three starts to date. Bolted up in Listed company at Sandown on her penultimate outing and showed that effort to be no fluke when landing the Group 2 May Hill Stakes in a similar fashion last month. This represents a step up both in terms of opposition and grade, and the ground is an unknown, but her form shown to date is head and shoulders above that achieved by her rivals.
5. MAGICAL LAGOON (T: Jessica Harrington, J: Shane Foley)
305,000 guineas yearling who is a half-sister to the exceptional Novellist. Beaten favourite (albeit not by far) in a Naas maiden on debut in May. Clearly learned plenty from that initial experience – taking a Group 3 at the Curragh next time out (reversed form with Albula). That form has received some knocks since though and for that reason she is best watched in this company.
6. MAJESTIC GLORY (T: Andrew Balding, J: David Probert)
Justified favouritism to land a July course novice on her third start, and she stepped forward on that showing when taking the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes – Wild Beauty 1l behind. Disappointing sixth when sent off favourite for the Rockfel last time, but the ground was probably faster than she would really care for. Definite place claims back on this easier surface, particularly as stepping up to a mile looks a plus on breeding.
7. MISE EN SCENE (T: James Ferguson, J: Oisin Murphy)
Unraced dam Gadfly a half-sister to 1,000 Guineas winner Speciosa. Made a promising debut when running out a 4l winner at Haydock in July. That has proven far from strong form (runner-up rated just 71) but she took a personal step forward when landing the Group 3 Prestige Stakes at Goodwood. That form reads well and stepping up to a mile is almost certain to suit. Unexposed and entitled to be right in the thick of things.
8. PROSPEROUS VOYAGE (T: Ralph Beckett, J: Rob Hornby)
Has posted progressive RPR’s in each of her five starts to date, winning just the once but placing in Group races the last twice. Handles cut in the ground but she was blown away by Inspiral in the May Hill Stakes last time and there is no obvious reason why she will reverse that form today.
9. WILD BEAUTY – (T: Charlie Appleby, J: William Buick)
Runner-up to Inspiral at Sandown and then occupied that same finishing position behind Majestic Glory. Good bit of placing by her shrewd yard to land a Grade 1 at Woodbine last month. That was her first start over a mile and unlike most of these rivals, she will have no concerns about the ground having already twice won on soft. Not discounted for place purposes but she should find at least a couple too strong.
Big Race Verdict
Wild Beauty took a Grade 1 at Woodbine last month and warrants respect on that form, for all that one suspects that it probably was a good bit of placing by her shrewd connections. Whilst the ground is admittedly an unknown, INSPIRAL brings by far the strongest form into this courtesy of her May Hill demolition. She looked a Group 1 filly in waiting that day and this will more than likely be the last time we see her before she takes in the 1,000 Guineas next May. She could prove a class apart from this field and therefore it’s no surprise to see bookmakers treading cautiously with her. Mise En Scene looks equally unexposed and should benefit from the step up to a mile, whilst Majestic Glory’s abject showing in the Rockfel here last month can be forgiven and back on a softer surface she rates an each-way player.
- Mise En Scene
- Majestic Glory