Highfield Princess produced a career-best effort to thrash some high quality rivals within the 1895 Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York.
Robust within the betting following mild rain on the Knavesmire all through the morning, John Quinn’s mare put her race-fitness to good use and appeared to relish the drop again in distance after successful over seven furlongs at Newcastle on All-Climate Championships Finals Day final month.
Jason Hart gave her a assured trip from stall one, bouncing out and setting tempo earlier than careering away from the chasing pack, finally scoring by two and three-quarter lengths from Spycatcher and the 11/4 joint-favourite Minzaal again in third.
Garrus was fourth whereas the frustration of the race was fellow joint-favourite Dragon Image who weakened out of the reckoning after making an attempt to match strides with Highfield Princess by way of the primary couple of furlongs.
Profitable jockey Hart stated: “I do not know what the boss does however he appears to get horses to progress by way of their careers.
“I obtained her in a beautiful rhythm and once I pressed the button I could not imagine how properly she quickened up. She’s undoubtedly in that [Platinum Jubilee, Royal Ascot] and also you’d assume that is the place she’ll go.”
Sky Guess go 12/1 (from 60/1) about Highfield Princess for the Group One Platinum Jubilee Stakes whereas Paddy Energy and Betfair go 14/1 from 50s.