Lumiere blasts home
A trio of classy fillies fought out the finish at Newmarket today in the Group 1 Chevely Park Stakes and it was the front running Lumiere who topped them at the line for Mark Johnston and William Buick with Illuminate and Besharah filling the places.
William Buick was delighted and the winner now sits at a best price 14/1 for next years 1000 Guineas.
“She’s very exuberant. Even cantering down she wants to do everything quick, but she’ll mature and I really like way she saw it out to the line. They were snapping at her heels and it was a fantastic performance. I’m so happy for everyone Mark and the whole team had so much faith in her. She’s a bit like riding a coiled spring, there’s not much you can do, you want to sit still and hope she comes back to you.”
“She saved a bit to the end – she’s high class, any horse that can do that the way she did has to be very good, especially when you are doing a bit too much in front. Looking at her you think she’ll be a filly for next year as well, she’ll mature and might get a mile.”
Mark Johnston “I was pretty sure she was very good, but you don’t know what they are beating at home and she’d done it so easily. I was not as disappointed as you might think in the Lowther. You couldn’t ask more of a horse. The winner swept past her and she was very inexperienced. She’d not seen another horse before in a race and she did stick on. Coming here today, I hadn’t been as nervous before a race for a long time, because I thought she’s the best horse I’ve had for a long time.”
“I told William she’d stay and to ride her with confidence. I’m very hopeful she’ll get a mile next year. I told someone three weeks ago I didn’t know about the Cheveley Park, but I’m sure she’ll win the Guineas. I just hope I’m right.”
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