U.S. Bred Illustrious Miss Wins Chartwell

Sheikh Mohammed's Illustrious Miss, a 3-year-old filly bred in the United States by William S. Farish and E.J. Hudson Jr. Irrevocable Trust, bounded away in the final furlong to post a solid victory in Saturday's totesport Chartwell Fillies' Stakes (Eng-III) at Lingfield Park.

The lightly raced daughter of Kingmambo–Our Wildirish Rose (by Irish Tower) was ridden by apprentice Tom Queally to a 2 1/2-length win over Godolphin's Gonfilla. Golden Dolphin finished third, 6 1/2 lengths behind Illustrious Miss, with another American bred, Blaise Castle, finishing steadily for fourth.

On good to soft going in the seven-furlong Chartwell, Illustrious Miss was held up in the rear of the 11-horse field until making headwayalong the inside with a quarter of a mile to go. She vied for the lead with a little more than a furlong left. Challenged by Gonfilla, the 3-1 favorite, on the outside, she quickened to pull away late for trainer David Loder.

"She's never been very sound," Loder told The Racing Post. "I didn't have a saddle on her most of last year. This was very much a fact-finding mission but she won well.

"I said to Tom that with his draw [11] he would inevitably be boxed in but not to panic. If it didn't work out, it didn't work out. He kept his head, waited for his chance and did everything right."

Illustrious Miss was sent off at odds of 4-1 and was timed in 1:27.77.

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