To mark Shane Crosse turning 20, we take a look back at his first Group 1 success with Pretty Gorgeous in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in October 2020.
The pair had already landed a Group victory together, as they thundered home in the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh only two months previously.
This was only the filly’s second start over a mile and she faced her newfound rival Shale in pursuit of Group 1 success.
Joseph O’Brien’s recruit was midfield for the majority of the contest and was pushed along by Crosse with two furlongs remaining.
She travelled into second beautifully and began to put pressure on the leading Dubai Fountain heading into the final furlong.
The two-year-old pushed on and went into the lead inside the final stages, keeping on well to win by half a length for her connections.
Pretty Gorgeous has since featured in the likes of the Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes, but she has failed to reproduce her form from last season.