The 11/4 favourite from France, the Pascal Bary-trained grey Natagora, staved off all challengers over the final furlong to win the 1000 Guineas (G1) at Newmarket. In doing so, Natagora avenged the unlucky defeat five years ago in this race of her trainer’s brilliant filly, Six Perfections.
Natagora, the Champion European Two Year Old Filly of 2007 when her victories included the Cheveley Park Stakes (G1) on English soil, crossed the field easily from a wide gate, and, much like New Approach in the 2000 Guineas on Saturday, dictated her own terms until quickening up coming out of the Dip.
The first to challenge Natagora were the highly rated Cheveley Park pair, Spacious (by Nayef) and Infallible (by Pivotal), but the French filly had enough in hand to hold them off, while the strong finishing burst of 20/1 chance Saoirse Abu (by Mr Greeley), winner of the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) at two, came too late, although she did enough to cut Infallible out of the placings. Another grey, the outsider Nahoodh (by Clodovil), was fifth, last year’s Lowther Stakes winner looking unlucky when running out of galloping room in the final stages.
Natagora is the only known stakeswinner by the Sunday Silence stallion Divine Light, a sprinter/miler now in the ownership of the Jockey Club of Turkey, and is easily the best foal of her dam, Reinamixa, a winner at Saint-Cloud over 2000m and a daughter of the Champion French sire Linamix. This is the family of 1988 Prix de Diane winner Resless Kara.
Natagora now has the outstanding record of 9 starts for 7 wins and 2 seconds. While she holds an entry for the Irish 1000 Guineas, connections were non-committal about running their star at The Curragh.
Extract from Stallions Daily Bulletin