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Sky Lantern completed the 1000 Guineas/Coronation Stakes double last year, as did Ghanaati in 2009 and it’s no surprise to see Miss France installed at the top of the betting by the few firms that have priced the race up.
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However, Andre Fabre was last month indicating that this weekend’s Prix de Diane would be her preferred option provided that ground conditions were suitable and she is his only remaining entry in the French Classic.
The French maestro has a more than able substitute in Fintry who was an impressive winner of the Sandringham and is likely to be supplemented for the race on June 14.
The Godolphin-owned Shamardal filly has made rapid strides since chasing home Veda on her seasonal reappearance and was a ready winner of the Chantilly Group Three and is versatile with regard to underfoot conditions according to John Ferguson.
Fabre has form in the race having won it with Golden Opinion (1989) and Banks Hill (2001) and is a master of his trade but this does represent a relatively quick turnaround for the daughter of Shamardal and I’m quite happy to take her on with My Titania.
Earlier this week, John Oxx reported that his Sea The Stars filly was over the slight setback that ruled her out of a crack at the 1000 Guineas and the weather is – apparently - set fair which means that she should have her ground having missed the Irish 1000 due to the testing surface.
She made an encouraging debut last August over six furlongs and duly stepped up significantly on that form when winning her maiden from Afternoon Sunlight, another Sea The Stars filly who beat Palace in a Group Three at Leopardstown in mid-May.
There were over five lengths back to the third who duly won on her second start and reappearance before running Investec Oaks third Volume to a neck in a Listed race at Newbury while the fifth was only narrowly beaten by Marvellous last October.
The Oaks form crops up again as My Titania had the runner-up, Tarfasha, fully six lengths adrift when winning the Group Three C L Weld Stakes last September where she showed a very taking turn of foot.
Following that victory, Oxx said: “"It's great - she's a nice filly and we've got high hopes for her. She's got plenty of ability, plenty of speed and travels well in her races.
"She seems to have inherited her sire's inclination to doss a bit in front and she wasn't sure where the second horse was. She probably needs to be delivered a bit later but we've learned a lot from this race.”
Oxx last won the Coronation Stakes with Ridgewood Pearl in 1995 who, incidentally, also won the CL Weld Stakes as a juvenile. She went on to prove herself a top-class racemare and there’s every chance that My Titania will be able to do the same.
Yes, the lack of a prep run is a concern but if she’d come out and run well she wouldn’t be 7/1 and that is a price that is well worth taking about a filly whose juvenile promise suggests that she could be out of the top drawer.