Aiming high with Punctilious

Punctilious booked her ticket for a Group One raid as she maintained her unbeaten record with an all-the-way win at Salisbury yesterday.

Punctilious booked her ticket for a Group One raid as she maintained her unbeaten record with an all-the-way win at Salisbury yesterday.

Michael Jarvis continues to make hay with the best team of young horses he has enjoyed in his 35-year training career.

He will now aim the winning filly at the Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile at Ascot as she bids to make a successful and sizeable step up in grade before the end of he season.

Philip Robinson made all aboard the winner, who showed a positive attitude as she continually extended her advantage throughout the final stages to account for Fantastic View by a length and three-quarters in the Butler & Co Equine Tax Planning EBF Novice Stakes.

"She will have learned a bit today," said Jarvis.

"Salisbury is a lovely track for a two-year-old and she didn't want a dawdle, so we decided to make sure she got the pace she needed.

"She was a bit keen at Yarmouth first time and ran a bit green, but she bowled along well today and I had no doubts about her stamina for a mile.

"Her dam (Robertet) got 10 furlongs well enough and this filly might even get a mile and a half.

"Despite the fact that she is a May foal, she is still fairly precocious, but as she is so young you would hope there is plenty of improvement still to come.

"She had a little illness, a viral infection, after she won on her debut, and her blood wasn't right. She has really only just got over it, so she has done very well."

Jarvis reflected upon the strength of his team, which threatens to give the trainer a season to remember next year.

"I honestly can't remember having had a better bunch of youngsters, which is a relief because the three-year-olds we have got aren't much good!" he smiled. "I've been lucky enough to train a lot of good young horses, but we have strength and depth this year, particularly among the fillies.

"Qasirah will go for the May Hill, and she is doing very well.

"Matloob ran up to his form at Sandown on Saturday and will have another race before the end of the season, while Cartography runs in the Sirenia Stakes at Kempton on Saturday."

Another filly to make an impression was Nyramba, who came with a well-timed challenge to take the EBF Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes.

Frankie Dettori brought the filly, the 7-4 favourite, to catch front- running Dowager in the shadow of the winning post for a short-head verdict.

"Frankie found her rather free to post and let's just say he had a problem pulling her up, so he decided to cover her up in the race," said Gosden.

"She is in the Watership Down Stud sales race at Ascot at the end of the month and that will be her target."

Gosden, while delighted to have landed this Listed prize, added his plaudits to the earlier performance of Punctilious.

"That is a filly with gears," he said. "I don't think I will be taking her on with anything in the Fillies' Mile."

Champion jockey Kieren Fallon enjoyed his usual daily winner as Distinction battled past Scott's View to win the Catisfield Hinton And Stud Conditions Stakes.

Seventh in the Tote Ebor, the winner looks sure to benefit from the confidence-boost this tidy success will have given him, and could next go for a valuable mile-and-a-half handicap at Ascot at the end of the month.

Fallon missed his intended ride on Ice Cracker, who finished second under Pat Dobbs to Borrego in the concluding Wiltshire Life Handicap, after suffering a minor foot injury in the stalls aboard Distinction.

However, he was not expected to miss the action at Kempton today.


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