Queen Of The Pride just grabs a narrow win in the Lester Piggott Fillies' Stakes at Haydock Park

Queen Of The Pride, ridden by Oisin Murphy (right), winning the Betfred Nifty 50 Lester Piggott Fillies' Stakes on Betfred John O'Gaunt Stakes Day at Haydock Park Racecourse on Saturday, June 8 2024
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Queen Of The Pride (11-2) just grabbed a narrow victory in the Group Three Betfred Lester Piggott Fillies’ Stakes at Haydock Park on Saturday afternoon. And now she is likely to step up to Group One company and possible distance with the Qater Prix de Royallieu at ParisLongchamp on Prix de l'Arc De Triomphe weekend in October.

Under Oisin Murphy, the four-year-old daughter ot Roaring Lion, was always travelling well off the pace set by outsdier Wynter Wyldes. But after the turn for home, Queen Of The Pride began making her move and came through to lead with about a furlong from home. But she had to get the better of a fine battle with Lady Boba (6-1). In a head-bobbing finish Queen Of The Pride, who had only won one of her previous three career starts, just got the verdict by a short head. Mistral Star (12-1) was two-and-a-a-quarter-lengths back in third with Willie Haggas' 4-1 joint-favourite Sea Theme another head back in third.

With just four career starts so far, Queen Of The Pride looks like the usual progressive filly who has won this race in the past. The last two winners of Lester Piggott Stakes at Haydock – the Haggas-trained duo of Sea La Rosa and Sea Silk Road – have both gone on to win the Prix de Royallieu later in the season and that looks the long-term aim for Queen Of The Pride.

In the maroon colours of owner Sheikh Fahad's Qatar Racing she was winning a Group contest for the first time just like sire Roaring Lion and dam Simple Verse, who were successful at the top level.

Winning jockey Murphy said: "Both her parents were Group One winners so she has ability. She is slow to come to hand maybe but she is very well looked after and now we are reaping the rewards.

"It is only her third run and Rab (Havlin, jockey) said she would run very well today. With more pace on, nicer ground, less hard work and she was really easy to ride and I love the way she finished and galloped out. I would she would get further. But I am not sure she needs to go more than a mile and a half. I don't know when I was pulling up the Prix Royallleu on Arc weekend might be good. But I'm John and Thady and Sheikh Farhad will all be happy and thinking about where she could go."