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Article 1st June 2024 Epsom Downs

Breege (5-1) ended a long losing run sretching back over two years when she was successful in the Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes (sponsorred by My Pension Expert) on Derby Day.

Chasemore Farm’s homebred daughter of Starspangledbanner made a winnining debut at Wetherby in May 2022 and despite running numerous good races in defeat since had not managed to get her head in front since. Today she raced on the heels of the leaders and took the lead entering the final furlong. She stayed on gamely to win the extended mile contest by a neck from the fast-fininshing Chic Colombine.

Andrew Black, the successful owner breeder, said: "That was a real thrill. When you've come second so many times it actually means more to win I think.  You expect it to happen again almost, so well done to the jockey. She's such a trouper and never runs a bad race. She deserved it. We bred her too and we love her."

John Quinn, joint trainer of the winner alongside his son Sean, said: "She's a filly who was running at the highest level last year and was placed at Royal Ascot and was just caught at Glorious Goodwood. She ran well all year and then ran really well again at Goodwood on her comeback, beaten two short heads. Then people think 'well does she not want to win', but we thought she was just unlucky really and today she was really gritty. She battled well and got her head in front, and it's wonderful to win a race named after the late and great Queen, may she rest in peace, at this wonderful track.

"So long as she's okay she'll go to Royal Ascot for the Group 2 fillies' race, the Duke Of Cambridge. Her mother Wowcha and The Wow Signal were brother and sister, and he was the best two-year-old that we've had. Wowcha was good, and she was genuine, but when this filly came as a yearling she looked a real racehorse.

She’s run well, well, well without having much luck – her comeback run this year at Goodwood, the ground was very soft and she got stuck on the inside and beaten two short heads. She’s been training well the last couple of weeks and we were hoping that she would run well, it’s great that she got her head in front.”

Jason Hart, the winning rider, added: “It’s hard to believe that she’s only ever won a maiden. She has some high-class form, she’s always threatened to win a big one – hopefully that can be a springboard now for her to have a good year.

“All I know is that I got a lovely stream into the race. I was sat fourth, I was aware Oisin went down the inside and I was just hoping that he wasn’t going to get a run on me. To be fair to this filly, she’s come out on the wrong side of a lot of finishes – she’s got the right side today.”

William Buick, rider of the runner-up Chic Colombine, said: “She was a bit unlucky. I couldn’t get the run when I needed it and had to come up and round - she probably should have won.”

Her trainer George Boughey added: “William just said she was unlucky and didn’t get the gap. She’s a very good filly. She did very well during the spring, and it didn’t surprise me. She was highly touted today and I thought she’d get the job done, and she very nearly did.

“The Coronation Stakes is on the cards for her. She won’t want fast ground - that was perfect for her. We know she handles very soft ground. Super job.”


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