French raider Fintry shows class in Atalanta
A ninety day absence had no affect on French raider Fintry as she had too much class for her rivals in the Group 3 Atalanta Stakes at Sandown. Andre Fabre’s filly had been beaten just once in four starts before today and despite carrying a 7lb penalty for a Group 2 victory in her native land, was just too good in the 1 mile contest.
The 3yo was found to have a cough after that victory at Chantilly but having tracked the front running Audacia throughout, eased clear to record a hard held 1 1/4 length victory from the fast finishing Odeliz, with Water Hole back in third.
Winning jockey Maxime Guyon said: “That was very simple. She won a Group Two last time, so today she won again. When she got in front she stopped a little bit. She’s a very good filly.”
Lisa Jane Graffard, Godolphin’s French representative, said: “Absolutely delighted. We just wanted to see the filly have a good comeback.
“She’d been off the track three months, but we knew she had the quality she showed us today so hopefully she can go for a big one at the end of the season.
“We came here because there were no suitable races on France and she was already a Group Two winner there and the timing of this race was right.
“It has to be discussed but I think the Sun Chariot would be the logical step.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: John Walton/PA Wire
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