Roly Poly (orange and blue silks) lands the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Roly Poly (orange and blue silks) lands the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Roly Poly provided her sire War Front with a quick-fire double after victory in the previous handicap, when gamely holding on for a half-length success in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.

Aidan O’Brien’s filly had posted a career-best when winning in Group 3 company at The Curragh last time and she took another step forward in this prestigious Group 2 contest.

She needed to knuckle down with four horses were virtually in line entering the final furlong but she saw her race well under a powerful Ryan Moore ride and has been earmarked as a possible contender for York’s big two-year-old race for fillies, the Lowther Stakes.

Roly Poly returns at Newmarket with Ryan Moore Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Roly Poly returns at Newmarket with Ryan Moore
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Kevin Buckley, Coolmore’s UK representative, said: “She toughed it out really well, Ryan was pleased with the way she battled and she’s improving all the time.

“War Front’s love top of the ground so conditions really played to her strengths today and she’s edged up the rankings at Ballydoyle now, so I would think a race like the Lowther ought to be on her radar.

“She might get a bit further in time given her dam got a mile, but we’ll probably stick to six furlongs for now.

“She’s well bred, she’s only the second foal of a mare is a mare who is a sister to Ballydoyle.”

Magical Fire has York option

Magical Fire returns after her excellent second in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Magical Fire returns after her excellent second in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Magical Fire will be handed a trip to York after going down a neck to Roly Poly, who had previously beaten her by a length and three-quarters in a Group 3 contest at The Curragh.

Though she got closer this time, Colm O’Donoghue’s mount could not quite reel in the winner in a blanket finish to the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes.

Magical Fire’s trainer Michael O’Callaghan said: “I’m delighted with her, but I’m not that surprised. She’s a good filly.

“The last day at the Curragh she wasn’t beaten far, but she had no cover the whole way and I drew a line through that.

“Possibly we might run her in the six-furlong (Group Two) Lowther Stakes (at York) next.

“Colm thought he might have won with a stronger pace and said she was very professional, but they just didn’t go quick enough for him.

“She is a big, strong, robust filly that will keep improving. She will improve again for this today.

“She had a brilliant mind on her. She won best-turned-out on her first four starts because she looks so great. She has a great constitution, eats well and doesn’t stress. No mind, no horse.”

Nations Alexander, who had got off the mark at the third attempt on heavy ground here last month, was a neck back in third under Pat Dobbs.

Her trainer, Richard Hannon, said: “She has run very well, having been beaten two necks. That was another step up from her last run.

“We’ll have a look at the (Group Three) Princess Margaret Stakes (at Ascot) or the (Group Three) Prix Du Calvados at Deauville.

“She has soft-ground form and it was nice to see her transfer her form onto that surface. There are more options for her now and she could go up to seven furlongs, there’s no reason why not.”