Longshot Gilt Edge Girl gave trainer Clive Cox the biggest victory of his career as she stormed home an easy winner of the Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (Fr-I) Oct. 3.
The Prix de l’Abbaye is part of the "Win & You're In" challenge series, with the winner earning a slot in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IIT) at five furlongs Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs.
Dismissed at odds of 53-1, Gilt Edge Girl took full advantage of her rail post position, as jockey Luke Morris kept the 4-year-old filly next to the fence while racing up with the leaders through the early stages.
With just over a furlong to go, Gilt Edge Girl made her move, scooting up the rail and taking over the lead from Rose Blossom and Moorhouse Lad. Lady Of The Desert was also on the move from seventh, making a bold move while having to weave her way through traffic.
Lady Of The Desert was finally able to get in the clear but it was too late, as Gilt Edge Girl crossed the wire a length in front. Mar Adentro got up for third, another 1 1/2 lengths further back.
The final time for the five furlongs was :57 flat over very soft going.
A delighted Cox told reporters afterwards: “She had good form in group II company and she has loved the ground. I’m very pleased; Luke gave her a great ride.”
Bred in England by the Whitsbury Manor Stud, Gilt Edge Girl is a chestnut filly by Monsieur Bond out of Tahara, by Caerleon. She is owned by Wood Street Syndicate V and C.J. Harper.