Expect smooth run from Thornhill Miss
THORNHILL MISS ran a brave race last Saturday, the only filly in a bang-up finish at 1000 metres straight, beaten a length behind CAPTUREMYSHIP, ICTUS, WONG DON and AKASH all progressive colts.
Returning in this Saturday's fillies-only Titania Trophy at 1100 metres, THORNHILL MISS will be tough to beat, having also run creditably in her two previous races the Jamaica Oaks and 1000 Guineas.
The chestnut filly showed early promise as a two-year-old debuting last November with a sixth-place finish behind MARKET FORCE, GREATH FAITH and AKASH at 1100 metres. However, she returned an improved horse two weeks later with the tongue-tie fitted to beat TOUGH COOKIE and GREAT FAITH at 1200 metres.
She started her three-year-old career in February with a fourth-place run behind RUNALLDAY, LADY FAYE and FORT KNOX in the Hot Line Stakes before finishing 10th in the 1400-metre Thornbird Stakes a month later.
In April's Guineas she was prominent up to the half-mile and ran even better in the Oaks three weeks later, third a furlong out behind MARLENE MY LOVE and BILINGUAL.
It was out of the Oaks that trainer Gresford Smith put THORNHILL MISS up against colts last week and watched as she disputed the lead from start to finish, coming from postposition four to lose in a blanket finish.
The form of last week's race must be taken seriously, considering the manner of CAPTUREMYSHIP's previous eight-length win, followed by his narrow loss to SECRET TRAVELLER, a race in which AKASH was only a length behind.
Philip Feanny's LIGHTNING LILY is expected to start favourite but was worse-off than THORNHILL MISS against colts, finishing sixth behind SECRET TRAVELLER, CAPTUREMYSHIP and AKASH on April 29.
With her Oaks run and last week's effort in the company of colts under her girth, only an unknown such as Richard Azan's SWEET PEPPA could spring a surprise, having who won in a fast 59.2 at 1000 metres straight on May 10.