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  • Golden Mile For Hibaayeb

Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile (group 1) 1m

  • (2yo, 1m, Class 1, 9 runners)
  • Winner £123,759
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 39.78s
  • Off time: 15:06:40
  • Stewards Inquiry - Result Stands
  • Last Updated: September 26 2009, 19:16 BST

Clive Brittain was dancing around the winner's enclosure for the second time this season after Hibaayeb shed her maiden tag in the best possible way with victory in the Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile at Ascot.

Callan celebrates Hibaayeb's victory.
Callan celebrates Hibaayeb's victory.

Misheer's Cherry Hinton win sparked the veteran trainer into life at Newmarket's July meeting, and the 74-year-old was merrily jigging again after Hibaayeb survived a stewards' inquiry to claim the Group One prize.

Neil Callan's mount had made the frame on her three previous outings, including in the May Hill at Doncaster last time out, and Brittain was his usual bullish self about her chance in the premier juvenile fillies' event.

The 8-1 chance was driven up the rail over a furlong out by Callan, but drifted left once seeing daylight causing Michael Hills to snatch up the front-running Sent From Heaven.

At the same time Lady Darshaan made her move down the outside, resulting in Stan Moore's representative being struck on the nose by Callan's whip.

Despite the interference, the stewards left the placings unaltered with Lady Darshaan finishing three-quarters of a length adrift in second, while Aidan O'Brien's You'll Be Mine pipped Sent From Heaven for third.

This was Brittain's third Fillies' Mile success in the last 20 years thanks to Ivanka in 1992 and Teggiano 10 years ago.

The trainer said: "The filly has never stopped improving, and I have been delighted with her from her third piece of work, as her first two weren't over impressive.

"I thought I saw light at the third one, and I have gradually brought her on.

"I took her to Folkestone to win a race after having a run at Newmarket, but we got mugged on the line.

"I knew she had improved so we took her on to Doncaster and we got mugged on the line again.

"She has had some battles but today is the first time she has really raced."

Hibaayeb is now guaranteed a place in the Juvenile Fillies' Turf at the Breeders' Cup in California in November, and the Santa Anita meeting will come under consideration.

Brittain added: "There is nothing for her here this year, but there is the Breeders' Cup.

"She is progressing, which is the most important thing, but I don't want to gallop her into the ground.

"She has got a future and could go to America. I will have to talk to the owners, but it will depend on the filly - it is easier listening to animals as they tell you more than people.

"I will let her develop, but the Oaks will probably be on the cards next year."

Callan, who was handed a three-day suspension (October 10-12) for careless riding, added: "She impressed me last time I rode her in the May Hill, and has impressed me again today.

"That day she was just concentrating on beating the horse that finished third and got beat on the line.

"Today I was always pretty confident. I got a lovely run, she stretched away and quickened away like she was going to win by a couple of lengths, but she's pricked her ears."

He added of the interference: "She's just come off a line a little bit but I've done everything I could, and I pulled my whip through."

Sky Bet quote Hibaayeb at 20/1 for the Investec Oaks and 25/1 for the Stan James 1000 Guineas.

Stan Moore, who thought Lady Darshaan may have been given the race in the stewards' room, will now look forward to the 2010 Classics.

He said: "The other jockey gave her a right whack over the head. She is as hard as nails and when Jimmy Fortune rode her last time he said she was definitely one for the Classics next year."

You'll Be Mine was making a huge step up from maiden company, and was far form disgraced in third.

O'Brien said: "She is a beautiful filly and this was good experience for her because she was in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. That is it now, she is finished for the year."

Sent From Heaven was half a length adrift of You'll Be Mine in fourth having come off worse from the scrimmaging in the closing stages.

Trainer Barry Hills' son and assistant, Charlie, said: "Michael felt the interference has cost us third, but she has still run a terrific race.

"She has started to go in her coat and she's finished for the year."