Richenza beats Invitational and Bravo Sierra in the Boadicea Stakes

Richenza made it three wins on the card for trainer Ralph Beckett, as she landed the Listed Dubai British EBF Boadicea Stakes at Newmarket.

This race for fillies and mares attracted a field of 15 runners over six furlongs. 

Richenza powered up the stands’ rail to win in emphatic style as the previously out of form filly stormed to a one-and-three-quarter length success under Harry Bentley, who was also completing a treble on the afternoon.

This Listed-race success now means the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor is likely to be packed off to the breeding sheds, but she bows out on a high having provided her trainer with a first Rowley Mile treble.

A delighted Beckett said: “She just got in a rhythm today. She had her own space, she had something to aim at and from two down I thought she would win. She was in a really good place today.

“The rail may have helped but she probably had the race won by the time she drifted across.

“We felt like she had this sort of performance in her but it just hasn’t clicked for a while.

“She ran a terrific race against the colts in the Cathedral Stakes Stakes at Salisbury in June on soft ground, so I always felt that if we got all our ducks in a row that she could put it together.

“I think she will probably retire now, her owners are breeders so she’s done her job.”

Roger Varian may give Invitational another try over six furlongs after the filly ran a brave second to Richenza.

David Egan’s mount stayed on nicely up the rising ground after looking beaten when going into The Dip and was eventually beaten a length and three-quarters.

Her trainer, Roger Varian, said: “It was a good run. She ran well, but the winner always looked to be holding her.

“There is nothing immediate in terms of plans. It was her first try over this six-furlong trip and I wouldn’t rule out running over this trip again.

“She went a mile last time and she didn’t get home. The ground was testing today, but she has big feet and she handled it better than some.”

The Andre Fabre-trained Bravo Sierra was drawn away from the pace, and jockey Frankie Dettori felt the daughter of Siyouni, who was a further length and three-quarters back in third, did well to finish as close as she did.

He said: “Most of the action was on the stands’ side and I made the best of the draw that I could. She ran well in the circumstances and handled the ground, although she would probably prefer a better surface.”