Mehdaayih scores major French Group 2 success
Emirates Park-raced Mehdaayih continued her rise in prominence during the 2019 European racing season when scoring a hugely impressive victory in the Group 2 Prix de Malleret (2400m) at Saint-Cloud in France.
A lightly-raced daughter of Frankel prepared by champion British trainer John Gosden to land the Listed Cheshire Oaks at Chester in May, Mehdaayih bounced back to winning form after subsequently starting favourite in the Group One Epsom Oaks but encountering a significantly troublesome passage virtually from start to finish.
Settled at the tail of the Prix de Malleret field after missing the break, Mehdaayih travelled strongly throughout the assignment before delivering a scintillating finishing burst at the top of the home straight. The Frankel filly went on to score by a clear two lengths winning margin despite having the race won a long way from home.
Speaking after the win, Mehdaayih’s trainer John Gosden said: “He [rider Frankie Dettori] went to Plan B because the idea was to sit very handy, but he missed the break and she was back in last. She had to swing wide, but she quickened up very well — she’s got a lot of class.
“It’s interesting [as] he said she gets unbalanced easily, so no wonder Epsom didn’t suit her.”
Gosden added: “I was [concerned] she was out the back because we don’t quicken like the French do, but it’s a lovely straight here. She quickened up well which is a good weapon in her armoury.
“This was the plan after the Oaks. We’ll have a sit down and think because we’ll have to take on the elders now.”
Sent off a 6/4-on favourite, Mehdaayih holds entries for the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood and the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York, both races being prized Group 1 features for the fairer sex run in August.
Mehdaayih is a supremely-bred filly whose second-dam is Sayyedati, Europe’s Champion 3YO Filly in 1993 and Champion Older Mare in 1995 as a five-time winner at Group 1 level — namely the Cheveley Park Stakes (Gr1), Curragh Moyglare Stud S. (Gr1), Newmarket 1000 Guineas (Gr1), Jacques Le Marios (Gr1) and Goodwood Sussex Stakes (Gr1).
Mehdaayih’s race record now reads seven starts for four wins and one second, her victories including two notable 3-year-old fillies events staged either side of the English Channel.
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