Pollenator handed French target

Richard Hannon’s Pollenator will be aimed at the Prix de Diane at Chantilly on June 13 after her fine effort in defeat last week.

Richard Hannon’s Pollenator will be aimed at the Prix de Diane at Chantilly on June 13 after her fine effort in defeat last week.

The Motivator filly finished third behind Henry Cecil’s Principal Role in the Swettenham Stud Trial, attempting to give 6lb to all of her rivals as a result of her victory in the May Hill Stakes last season.

Connections were delighted with the run after an inconclusive outing in the 1000 Guineas and a step back into Classic company is back on the cards.

“Pollenator came out of the Swettenham as the best filly when you take her penalty into account and we are probably heading for the Diane with her,” said Harry Herbert, racing manager to owners Royal Ascot Racing Club.

“I think that is her trip (10 furlongs), she’s got a lot of speed but it’s so annoying the Guineas was a non-event for her. It’s very frustrating when you have to put a line through a race.

“But she relaxed very well at Newbury and I suspect that with a nice break, a steady-run race and then quickening up could easily be her bag.

“You need to pray for the draw, but she was in a bit of trouble at Doncaster last year and she got out of it and she seemed to get better with racing last year which might be the case again this season.

“She’s a Group Two winner and it would be lovely to win a Group One with her. She’s decent and we’ve not lost faith.”

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