Thursday, 26 November 2020

Could Potapova Be Sir Michael Stoute's 1000 Guineas Horse?

You wouldn't normally get too excited about an EBF Novice Stakes at Chelmsford on cold Thursday afternoon. 

No one told Potapova, as this daughter of Invincible Spirit left her rivals some six-and-a-half lengths behind to take the spoils at 5/1. 

Racing in the familiar silks of Cheveley Park Stud, this home bred out of a four-times raced mare [Safina], was ridden to perfection by Ryan Moore. 

Although weak in the betting (drifting from 7/2 - 5/1), this May foal finished with verve to crush a six-strong field. 

Racing Post reporter, Steffan Edwards, commented:

'' POTAPOVA, a May foal, is a sister to 6f AW 2yo winner Panova (RPR 94) and half-sister to five other winners. She was weak in the betting but defied the negative vibes with a highly promising debut, travelling best throughout and quickening right away from a furlong out to win with ease. She could be smart.''

Racing Post Result:

''Tracked leaders, switched right home turn, led and going easily over 1f out, ridden 1f out, quickened and went well clear inside final furlong, ran on well, impressive (op 7/2 tchd 11/2).''

The signs were there. 

This bay filly had clearly been working well at home and it was a sign of interest that Sir Michael Stoute unveiled this horse so late in the season. Due to the late start to the Flat turf season, many trainers have struggled to get their better juveniles to the racecourse and a recent article in the Racing Post suggested next year's Classics, especially the 1,000 & 2,000 Guineas were likely to go to horses with no racecourse experience at two.

However, I suspect many of the big stables will be looking to introduced talented colts and fillies to get valuable experience for next year but also a sprinkling of pattern-class horses. 

There has been no mention of Potapova being targeted for next year's 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket. However, I suspect this is the plan for this horse. 

Take a look, below, to see what a sparkling debut it was.

Guest post: Jason Coote

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