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2020 Fillies’ Mile Tips - Irish raider looks Pretty appealing in Newmarket's Friday feature

  • We take a look through the field set to contest the 2020 Fillies' Mile
  • The Fillies' Mile is the Group One feature at Newmarket on Friday 9th September
  • John Gosden's Indigo Girl tops the current betting
  • Shale and Pretty Gorgeous continue their intriguing rivalry
  • Zabeel Queen, Isabella Giles and Dubai Fountain also run
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Joseph O'Brien's Iridessa winning the Fillies' Mile in 2018. (Getty)

We take a look through the Fillies' Mile odds, where Indigo Girl heads a trio of Irish challengers.

Friday's card at Newmarket's Future Champions meeting is headlined by the Fillies' Mile. This Group One has proven to be one of the most important juvenile races on the calendar, and horses who perform well in the Fillies' Mile could be aimed at either the 1000 Guineas or the Epsom Oaks the following season.

11 talented fillies will go to post in Friday's main event. We've taken a look through the odds and the form to find our best bet.

2020 Fillies' Mile Odds


Name
Odds
Indigo Girl11/4
Shale3/1
Pretty Gorgeous7/2
Isabella Giles5/1
Zabeel Queen10/1
Bar12/1

*Odds taken from bet365 on 7/10/20*

2020 Fillies’ Mile Form Guide


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The two key lead-up for the Fillies’ Mile are the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh, and the May Hill Stakes, staged during Doncaster’s St Leger Festival. Six of the last ten winners of this Group One ran in either the Moyglare Stud or the May Hill before scoring on the Rowley Mile, so it’s no surprise to see the protagonists from both races sitting prominently in the market.

Zabeel Queen went to post as the favourite for the May Hill Stakes, but she was upstaged by Indigo Girl, who won cosily under Frankie Dettori. John Gosden’s filly made smooth progress into the race from the rear. Dettori’s mount still looked very green, and swerved around under pressure. Once Frankie had got his mount on the straight and narrow, she put the race to bed nicely.

Roger Varian’s filly was drawn on the opposite side of the track that day. Zabeel Queen didn’t break all that well, and spent most of the first two furlongs battling to try and find some much-needed cover. In the end, those exertions may have taken their toll, as Andrea Atzeni’s mount looked a little one-paced when crossing the line a never-nearer third.

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Indigo Girl winning at Doncaster. (Getty)

Dubai Fountain was second that day, her third runner-up finish in pattern race company. Mark Johnston’s filly steps up to Group One company here, but I don’t think she’s amongst the most talented horses in this field. 

Star Of Emaraaty had beaten Dubai Fountain in the Sweet Solera Stakes, but could only finish fifth at Doncaster, where she didn’t see out a mile all the well. Lilac Road finished fourth, but I can’t see why she would be able to repeat or better than finish in this deep race.

Shale and Pretty Gorgeous have enjoyed an excellent rivalry this season. Donnacha O’Brien’s filly got the better of Pretty Gorgeous in the Silver Flash Stakes. Joseph O’Brien’s charge then avenged that defeat in the Debutante Stakes, where Shane Crosse’s mount saw off her rival well to win by over two lengths.

In the Moyglare Stud, Shale grabbed her customary prominent position. Pretty Gorgeous, on the other hand, endured a troubled trip. She was bumped by a rival who attempted to slot in behind her after two furlongs, and had to force her way through a couple of runners as she began to mount her challenge. In the end, Shale wasn’t for catching, and try as she might, Pretty Gorgeous couldn’t get within half-a-length of her rival as they passed the post.

Mother Earth made the running in the Moyglare, and dropped back tamely when passed by her rivals. Snowfall also raced freely on the pace that day, and failed to land any sort of blow when Shale set out for home, fading back to eventually finish ninth. Both have won just one of their six starts this season, and I can’t see either of Aidan O’Brien’s runners being a factor.

Neither of the last two winners of the Fillies’ Mile came down the Moyglare of May Hill route, so it would be foolish to rule out any of the other runners on that basis. 

Isabella Giles was my NAP of the day when she powered to victory in the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes last time out, kicking clear from the front under Adam Kirby to claim an impressive win. Clive Cox’s filly is proven on soft ground and on the Rowley Mile. Whether she’s really worthy of that 110 rating, though, I’m not so sure. I guess we’ll find out on Friday.

Seattle Rock completes the field, but the fact she’s been well beaten by both Isabella Girls and Star Of Emaraaty this season suggests she may be a little out of her depth.

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Joseph (right) and Donnacha O'Brien train two of the leading contenders in Friday's feature. (Getty)

2020 Fillies’ Mile Tips


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Indigo Girl clear has bundles of ability and will have no trouble seeing out the trip. She was, however, still very green in the final quarter of the May Hill though, and could get caught out by the undulations of the Rowley Mile.

Zabeel Queen was definitely inconvenienced by the draw at Doncaster. Andrea Atzeni’s filly didn’t get the smoothest of passages and looked green herself, but was still only beaten a length-and-a-half. As each-way bets go, Zabeel Queen holds appeal at 10/1.

This famous course can suit runners who race more prominently, like Shale, who looks a very straight forward filly. Although she beat PRETTY GORGEOUS at the Curragh, I’m convinced that Joseph O’Brien’s charge has a little more ability than Shale, and I’m going to side with Shane Crosse’s mount.

In the Debutante Stakes, where Pretty Gorgeous found a trouble-free path to the post, she finished two-and-a-half lengths ahead of Shale. Plenty went wrong for Joseph O’Brien’s filly in the Moyglare, so he wouldn’t have been too disappointed to see her go down by a narrow margin.

Pretty Gorgeous’ best performance came on soft ground in the Debutante, and she bolted up by five lengths to win her maiden over a mile. Joseph O’Brien won this race with Iridessa two years ago, and I think he could be celebrating another Fillies’ Mile triumph on Saturday.
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Verdict

This should prove to be one of the races of the season, and a strong case can be made for several. Personally, I think Pretty Gorgeous is extremely talented and has all the attributes needed to win the Fillies' Mile. She looks the best bet at 7/2.

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