Pretty Crystal shines brightest

Published date18 April 2024
Publication titleEvening Chronicle
Viewed as the first 1000 Guineas trial of the spring, Charlie Appleby's previously unbeaten Dance Sequence was 10-11 favourite to enhance her Classic claims

William Buick was briefly short of room on the Godolphin filly and it was just then that Oisin Orr on Pretty Crystal made his decision to set off in pursuit of Brian Meehan's Kathmandu, who had made a bold bid for home.

As Kathmandu's stride began to shorten, it was Richard Fahey's Pretty Crystal who looked the likely winner but Dance Sequence, once in the clear, began to make ground.

The favourite began to roll around upon meeting the rising ground, though, making life difficult for Buick, and that enabled Pretty Crystal (18-1) to come out on top by a neck.

Fahey said: "I'm just delighted because she had some tough tasks last year and it's nice to get one. She's been placed a few times, but I kept saying she was a black-type filly and it's the first time she's won one so it's grand.

"It was a real career-best, the favourite looked a good filly and she battled away. It was a good, hardy, tough performance and you would have to be really pleased with her.

"She had to step up and she has done, she stuck her head down and kept going and we're delighted. We were expecting a decent run and I thought we definitely had an eachway chance.

"We haven't put her in the 1000 Guineas and when she stepped into Pattern company last year she was found wanting a little bit. We could supplement her, but we will speak to the...

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