Serious Attitude takes Newmarket victory

Serious Attitude illustrated just how serious she is by maintaining her unblemished record and returning trainer Rae Guest to the big time in the 32Red.com Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Serious Attitude illustrated just how serious she is by maintaining her unblemished record and returning trainer Rae Guest to the big time in the 32Red.com Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Eleven years have elapsed since Guest's last Group One victory which came courtesy of another good filly in My Emma, who took the 1997 Yorkshire Oaks in addition to the previous year's Prix Vermeille.

His latest wonder comfortably stepped up to Listed company last time out at Salisbury, and progressed to justify 4-1 favouritism at Headquarters under Jimmy Fortune.

Although she failed to handle the Dip with aplomb, the daughter of Mtoto picked up stylishly on meeting the rising ground and quickened past Aspen Darlin and Pursuit Of Glory for a three-quarter length success.

Guest, who owns a quarter of the filly and had to be persuaded to buy her after she failed to sell in the ring, is now faced with the task of preparing Serious Attitude for the Stan James 1000 Guineas next spring.

The sponsors trimmed her to 14-1 for Classic glory, with totesport offering 16-1, although Coral were seriously impressed and go just 10s.

Guest, who only supplemented the filly into the race last week for £15,000 (€19,271) - around double her purchase price - said: "Eleven years is a long time but it is worth the wait.

"We are not known for good two-year-olds but she is a good one.

"She has done it very well and even though she is by Mtoto, she is very fast.

"We could have gone to the sales race here on Thursday and we might have won that, but I thought we would have a look at this and it is the icing on the cake.

"She wasn't much to look at in January but she strengthened up before going weak on us, and it was only in July that we knew we had something.

"She is the sort that you get up for in a morning and she is an easy horse to train.

"I hope to go for the Guineas with her, but she has so much speed that I don't know for sure if she will stay.

"She does settle well and battled on well today so I think she will get the mile."

Aspen Darlin was another supplemented into the six-furlong event after scoring in impressive fashion at Ayr.

Her trainer Alan Bailey said: "I'm delighted with her but she was entitled to put up that sort of performance on the ratings.

"My thoughts as I stand here are to call it a day for the season but I'll have to talk to the owners.

"She'll be a real nice filly for next year. She'll definitely get further - a mile."

Pursuit Of Glory's trainer David Wachman added: "It was her third run but only her first on grass. She was inexperienced mid-race but came home well and she will be a nice filly next year."

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