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Dubai Duty Free Stakes: Wild Beauty bolsters 1000 Guineas claims with gritty Newbury win

The Godolphin three-year-old filly is now as short as 12/1 for Classic success after a hard-earned victory at Group Three level; favourite Jumbly was back in second for the Roger Charlton team; William Buick landed a double on the card

Wild Beauty wins the Fred Darling
Image: Wild Beauty wins the Fred Darling at Newbury on Saturday

Wild Beauty bolstered her 1000 Guineas claims with a taking victory for Charlie Appleby in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes.

The filly was a Grade One winner when taking the Natalma Stakes at Woodbine last season, the highlight of a relatively busy juvenile year during which she was triumphant three times and placed second twice.

Piloted by William Buick and priced as a 3-1 shot in the race better know as the Fred Darling, the Godolphin-owned three-year-old rallied at the furlong pole to gain ground and defeat the 11-4 favourite, Roger and Harry Charlton's Jumbly.

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Wild Beauty was previously a 20-1 shot for the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 1 and has been shortened to 12-1 with Betfair and Paddy Power as result of the success.

"She did it nicely. She did it really nicely," Buick said.

"She wanted a mile last year and she stayed on really well and went through the gears nicely from just over three out.

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"A mile next time out will suit her down to the ground. She will have to go for one of the Guineas.

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"We will leave that to Charlie and the team. I don't know which one, I honestly don't, but the French one was touted beforehand."

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