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  • 14:55 Barrett Steel May Hill Stakes 1m

  • (Fillies' Group 2) (Str) £70,000 added 2yo 7 ran
  • Winner £39,697 2nd £15,050 3rd £7,532 4th £3,752
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 38.92s
  • Off time: 15:01:32

Certify has to fight for Hill

Filly retains unbeaten record in Group Two contest

Last Updated: 14/09/12 3:38pm

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Certify: Had a head to spare in the May Hill Stakes

Certify: Had a head to spare in the May Hill Stakes

Certify was made to work hard for success by Purr Along in the Barrett Steel May Hill Stakes at Doncaster.

The Sweet Solera Stakes winner was sent off an odds-on favourite but had to run all the way to the line to repel the challenge of William Muir's filly who only went down narrowly with the first two pulling clear of the remainder.

For much of the one mile Group Two contest, it appeared as though it would be plain sailing for Mahmood Al Zarooni's filly who could be seen travelling strongly in midfield.

Paul Hanagan tried to wind the steady pace up from the front aboard Reyaadah but his mount was readily left behind as the principals quickened with Martin Dwyer momentarily denying the eventual winner racing room.

Mickael Barzalona's mount soon gave chase and, although the pair were only separated by a head at the line, the Elusive Quality filly gave the impression that she won with something to spare.

Certify was not only completing her own hat-trick but also a notable one for her owners, Godolphin, who had won the previous two renewals.

Classy Filly

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said: "It was a slow pace and it was a three-furlong sprint, which worked against her. She had to battle well and she did that and Mickael said she was really honest and tough at the finish.

"She's a very classy filly so we'll go to the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket or go to France, depending on how she is.

"Obviously the Fillies' Mile is only two weeks away. We'll see what Sheikh Mohammed wants to do. It will be one or the other.

"She's unbeaten and she's looked a quality filly since the day she won her maiden at Newmarket.

"It's nice she's had a trip away from Newmarket to here."

Walk In The Park

Muir said of the runner-up: "Wolverhampton was a walk in the park, then she got so badly hampered at Sandown when she would have won.

"Martin (Dwyer) said he was going to drop her in, follow Certify and see if we are good enough to beat her.

"This is a great performance, they've drawn eight lengths clear.

"We said we'd enjoy the day, but I knew if we didn't beat her we'd go close.

"She's been so easy to do anything with."

Al Zarooni said: "They went a slow pace and usually when it's like that, the one in front keeps going. She got there and battled on well

"There are two options for her - France and Newmarket. We will aim for Newmarket (the Shadwell Fillies Mile). That is in two weeks' time.

"If she needs more time she will go to Longchamp (for the Prix Marcel Boussac) as that is in three weeks.

"We will see how she is and if she recovers quick and is fine we will go to Newmarket and we would rather go there. If she needs more time we will go to France."

Sky Bet cut the winner to 10-1 from 12s for next year's Qipco 1000 Guineas.

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