The John Gosden trained filly Daban was cut to 14-1 in the ante-post market for the 1,000 Guineas after she showed an impressive turn of foot to win the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket. It was Frankie Dettori’s fourth straight win in the race.
The Acclamation filly, the winner of her only start in a November all-weather maiden, was not really on the Guineas radar before today's race and was sent off at 12-1 for what looked like a pretty deep edition of the trial.
However held up by Dettori early on Daban finished the strongest to come home three quarters of a length in front of the more experienced Unforgetable Filly with another length and a quarter back to Poet’s Vanity who will, no doubt, improve for the run. The French filly Pamplemousse was fourth.
It is 11 years since Speciosa went on to win the Guineas, the last filly to complete this double and Dettori was certainly not ruling it out. “She can only improve,” he said. “She travelled brilliantly and showed a great turn of foot. John said she had a good turn of foot and that if we were in reach going into the dip she would find you another gear – and she did. She’s entitled to give the Guineas a go.”
Gosden who has been in good form at the Craven meeting winning two races on Tuesday, including the Feilden Stakes, and picking up another three on Wednesday said: “We weren’t expecting a win but were expecting a good show.
“She’s very relaxed and has a fabulous mind. I told Frankie she wouldn’t give him much of a feel on the way down and there was a touch of an argument early on until he took her back in behind horses but she can really quicken.”