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Lady of the Desert - York - 20/8/09

Lady Of The Desert took the Lowther Stakes in her stride

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Lady Of The Desert emulates dam in Lowther

Report: York, Thursday

Jaguar Cars Lowther Stakes (Fillies' Group 2) 6f

LADY OF THE DESERT strolled toan emphatic victory that gave Martin Dwyer a winning return to the saddle and emulated her unbeaten dam Queen's Logic, who took the race in 2001.

Sent off the 13-8 favourite, Lady Of The Desert, who was kept calm on the way to post by pony Pistolero, jumped smartly out of the stalls, kept to the stands' rail and was always travelling stronger than every other contender.

Beyond Desire, Dubawi Heights and Puff were driven along to challenge inside the final furlong and grabbed the placings, the first mentioned in second, Dubawi Heights in third and Puff fourth, but that was all they were ever fighting for as the winner sauntered to a three-length success.

Not only did the daughter of Rahy, who was recently retired from stud duty by Three Chimneys, give her mother a boost but in winning the juvenile also became only the second to complete the Princess Margaret Abu Dhabi Stakes-Lowther Stakes double after Soar acheived the feat for trainer James Fanshawe in 2004.

"She looked like she was only toying with them the whole way there and just waiting for Martin to press the button," said the winning trainer Brian Meehan. "She was very classy."

Trainer Brian Meehan

Brian Meehan: "She's very classy"

  PICTURE:Martin Lynch  

"It was my mistake running her at Royal Ascot, she should never have gone and she did it well at Ascot last time."

"I think we'll leave her off now and go for the Cheveley Park Stakes."

Bookmakers were very taken with the performance, with many firms reacting by halving the filly in price to 10-1 for next year's Stanjames.com 1,000 Guineas.

Dwyer, making a comeback from a 16-day ban, was similarly stunned and said: "It looked as easy as it was.

"I just sat on her really and she did everything for me. I'm sure she'll hold her own in Group 1 company next."

Bred by Rabbah Bloodstock, Lady Of The Desertis by far the most talented from four foals of racing age out of Queen's Logic, who retired unbeaten following five races.

As well as taking the Lowther Stakes, the daughter of Grand Lodge was also successful in the Queen Mary, Cheveley Park and Fred Darling Stakes.

The half-sister to Dylan Thomas has a yearling colt by Kingmambo and a filly foal by Street Cry.

 

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