Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Daisy Will Continue to Grow, Says Morrison

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Daisy Will Continue to Grow, Says Morrison

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Byline: Ashley Iveson

HUGHIE Morrison believes the future is bright for Marsh Daisy after she added to her recent Ascot triumph with an impressive display in the Bibendum Height Of Fashion Stakes in the mud at Goodwood.

Fourth on her Newbury debut before scraping home in Berkshire a fortnight ago, the Pivotal filly was a 7-1 shot stepped up in class and glided through the soft ground in the hands of Pat Dobbs.

After being brought to the stands side to challenge in the home straight, Marsh Daisy picked up well to put the race to bed and passed the post with a cosy two lengths in hand over Eastern Belle.

The Listed contest has served as a trial for the Investec Oaks in the past, with Snow Fairy the last horse to win both races four years ago, but Marsh Daisy is not entered in the fillies' Classic and appears unlikely to be added to the Epsom field.

Morrison said: "She's done very little. We don't over-train her at home and she's quite a light filly. She's basically proved on the racecourse what a decent filly she is.

"Pat said she skipped through the ground and we always thought she'd get a trip - I think she'll get a mile and a half no trouble.

"We've got no firm plans. She hasn't got an Oaks entry and I don't think Epsom would be her track anyhow.

I suspect we'll look at something like the Lancashire Oaks (at Haydock). I haven't thought about going abroad.

"She'll make a nice staying filly in the autumn."

Portamento may have earned himself a trip to Royal Ascot after making most of the running in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Stakes under William Buick.

Charlie Appleby's Godolphin colt looked badly in need of the experience when fifth on his debut at Newmarket's Craven meeting last month, but it was clearly not lost on him.

Stepping up from five to six furlongs, the 9-4 chance proved much too strong as he came home four lengths ahead of hot favourite Estidhkaar. …

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