A good day for British and Irish trained horses got even better as Marsha won the Group 1 Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye for Newmarket trainer Sir Mark Prescott.
Twice a winner at Listed level earlier in the year, the three-year-old filly was last seen finishing second to the re-opposing Just Glamorous in a Group Three over this course and distance three weeks ago.
Just as he had that day, the Ron Harris-trained Just Glamorous attempted to make all the running, while Take Cover missed the break and was always playing catch up from that point.
Just Glamorous was a spent force heading inside the last of five furlongs as dual Nunthorpe heroine Mecca’s Angel and King’s Stand winner Profitable moved to the front.
That pair briefly looked like fighting out the finish, but the Elite Racing Club-owned Marsha came from further back to beat both in the hands of Luke Morris with a blistering run and surged clear..
Washington DC finished powerfully to beat Mecca’s Angel to the runner-up spot, with Profitable weakening out of contention.