Roly Poly’s Group 1 momentum continued to gain impetus as she fought her way back in front to win the Prix Rothschild at Deauville this afternoon.
A quality field of ten fillies and mares lined up for the first Group 1 of the Deauville Festival of 2017, contested over the straight mile on good ground.
As the race got underway Persuasive who went into the early lead but as the field split into two groups, Usherette against the stands rail led from Arabian Hope, while Roly Poly headed the field racing out wider.
With half a mile to run the two groups merged and Roly Poly and Usherette matched strides up front, tracked by Arabian Hope and Siyoushake.
Heading to the two furlong pole the front pair continued to duel and quickened the tempo.
Roly Poly appeared to see off Usherette but Siyoushake through down a stern challenge.
Siyoushake perhaps headed Roly Poly inside the final furlong but Ryan Moore’s partner dug in hard to fight her way back, while down the centre of the track Via Ravenna and the unlucky in running Persuasive finished late and fast and to the inside Qemah closed against the rails.
At the line there was a blanket finish and Roly Poly got her head back in front when it mattered to win from Via Ravenna, with Siyoushake a close third and Qemah right on their heels.
The Aidan O’Brien trained three year old Roly Poly, a daughter of War Front, had opened her Group 1 account on her previous start in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket and looks to be improving at present. It would be no surprise to see her turn up at Leopardstown for the Group 1 Matron Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend next time out.