FEV Rover – the horse named after Featherstone Rovers – has either the Irish 1,000 Guineas or the Prix Saint-Alary on her agenda after her big run at Newmarket.
Malton trainer Richard Fahey’s filly outran odds of 22-1 to be beaten only a length and a quarter into third by the Frankie Dettori-inspired Mother Earth in Sunday’s Qipco 1000 Guineas.
Taking a keen hold from the stalls, Fev Rover disputed the lead for the first five furlongs before crossing the line a neck behind runner-up Saffron Beach under former champion jockey Paul Hanagan who was delighted with the run and the promise shown by Fev Rover.
Nick Bradley’s racing partnership owns the horse, and he was in attendance alongside a clutch of fellow shareholders. “Fev Rover ran a great race,” he said.
“We decided we wanted to be handy, because there didn’t look to be much pace in the race. She was a little keen early doors, but we had her where we wanted her.
“She looked like she was going to drop away, but then she picked up out of the dip and ran really well.”
The daughter of Gutaifan had previously enjoyed both Group and Listed successes, having gained black type form in Sandown’s Star Stakes last season before taking the Prix du Calvados at Deauville.
Bradley has another tilt at Group One glory pencilled in this month, with both the Irish Classic at the Curragh and ParisLongchamp’s Prix Saint-Alary under consideration.
“I haven’t spoken to Richard (Fahey) this morning,” he said. “But we’ll probably go for the Irish Guineas or the Alary next.”
Should the latter race be targeted, Bradley’s filly is likely to cross paths with another who did his silks proud at Newmarket on Sunday.
Mystery Angel gave rookie trainer George Boughey his highest-profile winner to date when taking the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes under in-form Ben Curtis.
The victory signified a change in fortunes for the daughter of Kodi Bear, who has been narrowly beaten three times in Listed contests.
Her efforts in the Silver Tankard Stakes at Pontefract, the Montrose Stakes at Newmarket and the Prix Rose de Mai all fell just short of the mark.
“She’s been really unlucky,” said Bradley. “She’s obviously a very good filly, and Ben (Curtis) gave her a great ride – the tactics were to take to the front and make it a stamina test.”
Next week’s Musidora Stakes at York is a possibility, but Bradley is more inclined to target the Prix Saint-Alary and a possible clash with Fev Rover.
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