Queen’s Momentary springs Swettenham shock
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By Andrew Scutts
Report: Newbury, Friday
Swettenham Stud Fillies’ Trial (Listed) 1m2f88y, 3yo
THE Queen’s Momentary stepped up on her fourth-placed debut effort to spring a 33-1 shock in this Oaks trial, though the Michael Bell-trained winner is not entered for the Epsom Classic and instead will head to Royal Ascot for the Ribblesdale Stakes.
Momentary was always prominent under Hayley Tuner and just held off a strong challenge from 5-1 shot Shirocco Star, who also ran a cracker under Darryll Holland for Hughie Morrison on her seasonal return.
The winning distance was a short head, the front two pulling nearly four lengths clear of Starscope in third, the 6-5 market leader who had chased home Homecoming Queen in the 1,000 Guineas previously.
Starscope set a moderate pace, with Shirocco Star chasing her, but Momentary travelled just as well as the runner-up and it was a match between them in the final furlong.
The Queen’s racing manager John Warren said: “We thought that rather than run her in a maiden we’d put the filly in at the deep end and see if she was good enough to run in the Ribblesdale. That will now be the plan.”
The winning jockey, who will no doubt provide Racing Post readers with further thoughts in her column in Monday’s newspaper, said: “It was very uncomplicated. She got in a lovely rhythm and kept on finding.”
Gold Show, who like the winner had finished fourth on debut and started at a big price – 25-1 in her case – also travelled well and came home fourth.
The runner-up, who is entered for Epsom, received quotes of around 25-1.
Firdaws was disappointing on her return and trailled home seventh of the eight runners.
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