Lah Ti Dar stakes Oaks claim with Pretty Polly success

08 May 2018

LAH TI Dar kept her unbeaten record intact with an authoritative win in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket on Sunday.

Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s filly is now two from two, having won on debut at Newbury a little over a fortnight ago.

Trained by John Gosden, Lah Ti Dar was sent off the even money favourite and she won in convincing fashion in the hands of Frankie Dettori.

Frankie allowed his mount to find her stride before moving up to take second three furlongs out. The leader Expressiy kicked for home but Lah Ti Dar had plenty in the tank and went in pursuit.

Despite not looking totally at ease going down the Dip on fast ground, she powered clear once hitting the rising ground to win impressively by three and a quarter lengths.

Gosden said: “I'll be quite honest, this ground was quick enough for her and Frankie said they didn't go much of a pace, but he said he had plenty left going into the dip where she just needed organising.

“She wants a mile-and-a-half on good ground right now, and then you will see the very best of her, but she learnt a lot today.

“You haven't seen the best of her there, she's learning and it turned into a bit of dash.

“This gives us a bit more time than if we had gone to Chester. We'll go to Breakfast With The Stars now and get a feel for the place, Frankie thinks that will really help her, and then we'll go to the Oaks.

“I'm more than delighted because if this race was over a mile-and-three-furlongs, she would have won by six lengths.”

Lah Ti Dar is truly bred in the purple, being a daughter of Dubawi out of multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi. She is a full sister to Group 3 winner So Mi Dar and half sister to Listed winner De Treville.