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Last Updated: 27/07/12 4:27pm
Thistle Bird has matters in hand at Ascot
Thistle Bird ran out a ready winner of the Listed Woodcote Stud E.B.F. Valiant Stakes at Ascot on Friday.
Roger Charlton's filly was always well placed in the mile contest on the round course and turned into the straight in a close third.
She quickened up well when James Doyle asked her to go about her work, taking several lengths out of the field, and could be called the winner someway from home.
The daughter of Selkirk crossed the line with two and three quarters of a length in hand despite carrying a penalty for her Listed victory at Windsor on her preceding start.
She was chased home by Villeneuve who was another to enjoy the run of the race whereas the third, Moone's My Name, was always struggling to land a blow having been held-up in rear.
Free Verse was another to finish off the race well having come from off the pace although the fourth home was on and off the bridle in the straight.
The disappointment of the race was the well supported favourite Beatrice Aurore who failed to go through with her run once pulled out into the open.
Charlton was not ruling out a run in next week's Group One Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood: "She has won two Listed races now, so you've obviously got to look at a Group race
"We'll wait and see. She is in the Nassau, which would be a jump up and you'd be looking at fourth not winning. But sometimes it's easier to be placed in a Group One than to win a Group Three."