Stateside next for impressive Nemoralia
Nemoralia justified strong market support to record a comfortable length success in the British Stallion Studs ‘Carrie Red’ EBF Fillies’ Nursery at Doncaster this afternoon.
The 7/4 favourite had been available at 5/2 with St Leger Festival sponsors Ladbrokes this morning but a series of large bets had forced the price down come the off and the outcome never looked in any doubt as Frankie Dettori oozed confidence on the filly two furlongs from home. The juvenile quickly put daylight between herself and the rest of the field in the final furlong and, while Sharaakah came with a late rattle at the death, the favourite had done enough as the field hit the line to put the race to bed.
Trainer Jeremy Noseda was delighted after the race and revealed the filly could well try and emulate the stable’s Wilko, who won at the Breeders’ Cup meeting back in 2004 (won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile).
“I thought the handicapper had given us a big, big chance here as she’s a filly I’ve always liked a lot,” said the trainer. “I’ve always thought she could be a stakes filly in the making. It could just be that she might be a better filly on the dirt than the turf but I felt we had enough in hand to come here and win. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on the dirt has been on my mind for the past three or four months – I’ll have a chat with Frankie and see but I think she could be real dirt filly. We’ll see how we go.”
Dettori was also keen on a crack at the Breeders’ Cup. “Jeremy has always said Nemoralia is a good filly. The ground is key and she was far superior to the rest today,” said the jockey.
“The plan is to go to the Breeders’ Cup. I think she is better on dirt, although she is good enough to win on turf, and we were running out of options with her. I think we should stick to the plan and go for the Breeders’ Cup. The ground has tightened up a bit since yesterday. It is good to firm and there is a bit of a tail wind, so it suits to be near the pace.”
Co-owner Jim Lovat was also visibly pleased with the performance of the filly.
“We’re delighted with that,” said Lovat. “I’ve always thought a lot of the filly and we thought she’d win. She’s obviously justified our expectations and we’ll speak to Jeremy and see where we go next.”
Co-owner Charlie Pigram echoed Lovat’s comments. “We’ll see what Jeremy says but the Breeders’ Cup would be a good adventure. She was 16/1 for that race this morning but I doubt she’ll be that now. If Jeremy wants to go out there with her, we’ll be following.”
James Doyle, rider of Sharaakah, was happy with the performance of the Ed Dunlop-trained filly . The daughter of Roderic O’Connor was always up with the pace and kept on gamely to finish an excellent length second behind 7/4 favourite Nemoralia. The jockey commented: “The winner [Nemoralia] looks like a Group filly and won well. My filly ran a really good race and I’m really happy with her.”
Kevin Ryan was pleased with Company Asset who finished strongly to finish third. The two-year-old was off the pace early on but made good late headway under jockey Graham Lee to finish in the placings. He said: “She ran a great race. She was doing all her best work at the finish so we’re happy with that. She is also a filly who will get seven furlongs. She will not be running again this year.”
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