Nell Gwyn Stakes Result: Sandiva scores for Dettori

Richard Fahey: trainer of Sandiva
Richard Fahey: trainer of Sandiva

Sandiva laid down her classic credentials in the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket.

"Sandiva also suggested that the extra furlong of the 1000 Guineas, scheduled to take place on May 4, wouldn't be a problem as she saw the race out well enough."

The daughter of Footstepsinthesand was positioned in midfield under a confident Frankie Dettori ride and had too much class for Euro Charline and the well-supported Majeyda when push came to shove, emerging to lead inside the final furlong and never looking like being caught for all her half-length advantage was just narrowing at the line.

The Richard Fahey-trained filly finished runner-up in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot as a juvenile and has clearly trained on following a decent performance in the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp in October.

Sandiva also suggested that the extra furlong of the 1000 Guineas, scheduled to take place on May 4, wouldn't be a problem as she saw the race out well enough. The race was her second Group 3 success and first in Britain, and it warranted a first flying dismount from jcokey Dettori in the winner's enclosure.

Reaction on the Exchange to Sandiva's win was lukewarm, he price for the 1000 Guineas still above 20.019/1 in the aftermath of her success. She has traded as high as 80.

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