A new contender for the 1000 Guineas rose up at Newmarket this afternoon, as Sacred produced a cracking run to land the Group 3 Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes.
William Haggas’ filly had placed three times in Group 2 company as a two-year-old before finishing the last of eight runners in the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stud Stakes last September.
The three-year-old was midfield at two out but the daughter of Exceed And Excel weaved her way through the pack and was poised to challenge Saffron Beach in the final furlong.
Ryan Moore kicked her on and she answered the call, seeing off Jane Chapple-Hyam’s filly by three-quarters of a length.
Sacred was slashed for the 1000 Guineas in over a fortnight’s time, dropping from 50/1 to 14/1 while Saffron Beach remained at 16/1 for the Newmarket Classic.
Frankie Detorri landed his first domestic winner of the year, making all with Delta Bay in the bet365 European Breeders’ Fund Fillies’ Maiden Stakes.