York cruise for brilliant Alex

ALEXANDROVA proved a real star turn at York yesterday when completing a Group One hat-trick under a supremely confident Mick Kinane in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

The daughter of Sadler’s Wells had sent shivers down the spine with her rout in the Vodafone Oaks and she looked every bit as good when following up with the minimum of fuss in the Irish equivalent last month.

Aidan O’Brien nominated a trip to the Knavesmire as the most likely option immediately after her four-length Curragh success and the 4-9 favourite duly brought the stands to their feet with a supreme display.

Settled stone last and well detached through the first mile, Alexandrova was toying with her five rivals entering the final three furlongs.

She cut through the pack like a hot knife through butter, picking the opposition off with consummate ease down the straight before being pushed clear for a three-and-a-half-length call which had the stands in raptures.

Sir Michael Stoute, fresh from his one-two in the Juddmonte International, saddled the next two home with Short Skirt taking second ahead of Allegretto in third.

A delighted O’Brien said: “Mick rode her with a lot of confidence – super confidence – and he spoke to Kieren (Fallon) this morning about her.

“They went slow but it was no worry at all. She is a fantastic filly and is very exciting.

“She has unbelievable class. When they go slow like that and then kick from the front it can be hard to pick thm up but she has that extra gear.

“Everybody will talk about her taking on the colts but we would love to take her to the fillies’ race on Arc weekend (Prix de l’Opera).

“It will be up to Michael (Tabor), Derrick (Smith) and John (Magnier) but they have Hurricane Run in the Arc and I think they might keep her in training next year too.

“We will get the Arc weekend out of the way first but she could go to America as well if there is enough time between her races.”

Coral introduced her at 7-2 for the Breeders’ Cup Filly And Mare Turf on November 4 behind Ed Dunlop’s 2004 winner Ouija Board at 3-1.

Kinane, who has been enjoying a resurgence in recent weeks having renewed his link with O’Brien in Fallon’s absence, added: “She’s a very talented filly.

“That made my life simple and we were always going to be at the back, biding our time. She’s very quick and gets there very quickly.”


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