Raffle Prize beats Daahyeh in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes

Raffle Prize gained her revenge on Daahyeh as she ran out an impressive winner of the Group Two Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.

This important two year-old fillies’ contest, over six furlongs, attracted a classy field of seven, headed by two Royal Ascot winners: Daahyeh and Raffle Prize.

Lambeth Walk set the running, with Raffle Prize and Frankie Dettori taking a prominent position.

As the leader folded, with two furlongs to run, Raffle Prize went on, with Final Song beginning to unleash a challenge out wider.

From behind horses, Daahyeh, who had beaten Raffle Prize on debut in a Newmarket maiden, was switched wide for her run.

With the stands rail to keep her straight, Raffle Prize poured it on in the final furlong, while Daahyeh was left to race on her own and never threatened to land a telling blow.

At the line, Raffle Prize was a comfortable winner from her old foe, with Final Song taking third.

Raffle Prize was continuing a magnificent Moet & Chandon July Festival for trainer Mark Johnston.

The Queen Mary Stakes winner, who had to carry a 3lb penalty, needed to prove that she could be as effective over the extra furlong but, not only did she do that, she improved for it, and shaved off over a second from the track record in the process.

Winning trainer Mark Johnston, who won the race with Attraction in 2003, said: “I’m absolutely delighted.

“We couldn’t be sure about stepping her up to six furlongs, that was a little bit of a question mark, and the second horse had beaten her before, first time out, and was talk of the town but our filly showed fantastic speed on debut and just got tired so she had every right to go on from that.

“Frankie [Dettori] said that she has improved, that she is better over six furlongs and we now have the choice between the Lowther Stakes or the Prix Morny.

“She’s won two Group 2s so I think we have to have a shot at a Group 1 next.

“She’ll be taking on the colts in the Morny but fillies have a decent record in that contest.

“I think she is very much the type to improve for going up to around a mile as a three-year-old. She doesn’t look anything like Attraction but they have a lot of similarities in temperament, she is quite a laid back filly.

“We won five Group 1s with Attraction but I would settle for one with this filly right now.”

Roger Varian is likely to give Daahyeh a step up in trip next time.

David Egan’s mount could not quite reel in the winner and her trainer now feels she may need an extra furlong to show her best.

Varian said: “The tailwind suited the winner’s running style more and she could not quite get on terms. She has run three races now where she looks like she might get seven furlongs and that might be the way forward for her. There are no excuses as far as the ground goes, and she has run a nice race.”

Saeed bin Suroor was similarly not about to make any excuses for Final Song, who finished out of the frame in third under Ryan Moore.

The Godolphin handler admitted: “She ran well and got beaten by two better fillies. The winner is a very good filly, while our filly is nice.

“The fast ground meant she did not quite let herself down and good ground or good to soft would be easier for her.

“I think we will keep her at six furlongs and we will see where we go – there are plenty of races for her. Maybe we will give her a little bit of a break before we go again.”