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Frankie Detorri’s Blue heaven

By Chris McGrath

Almost people have already abandoned the St Leger to Sea Moon, runaway winner of his trial here on Wednesday.

The favourite must still prove his stamina for the extra 572 yards at Doncaster, however, and proceedings yesterday left no doubt that Blue Bunting will be on his case in that regard.

For it was sheer, unadorned staying power that settled the Darley Yorkshire Oaks in favour of the Godolphin filly, who has now won three Group One prizes in four starts this season.

In fact, but for an uncharacteristic jockey malfunction, she would probably be going to Town Moor seeking the first fillies' Triple Crown since Oh So Sharp in 1985.

Frankie Dettori had largely atoned for his Epsom aberration by since pulling the Irish Oaks out of the fire, and here she reiterated her supremacy among the Classic fillies — at this trip, at any rate — before seeing off an ardent challenge from an older rival in Vita Nova by three-quarters of a length.

“She's never going to be flash,” Dettori conceded. “But she's very hard to pass.”

Admittedly the way Wonder Of Wonders was travelling early in the straight, as her rivals came off the bridle in turn, nourished the suspicion that she could yet obtain higher standing among her generation when conditions restore an emphasis on speed.

In what Dettori described as “very gluey” ground, however, Wonder Of Wonders could not pick up and was beaten off by nearly four lengths in third.

Remembering her acceleration round the Chester turns in May, Wonder Of Wonders looks tailor-made for the Filly and Mare Turf at the Breeders' Cup.

Blue Bunting is 6-1 for the Leger, behind Sea Moon on 6-4.

Meanwhile, Kieren Fallon believes his mount Hoof It is “something special” as he bids to make the step up to Group One-winning sprinter in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York today.

The four-year-old has made giant strides during his relatively short career, notably striking three times at York.

Adding colour to the gelding's story is the fact that he is part-owned by golfing pro Lee Westwood and his bubbly agent Andrew ‘Chubby' Chandler.

Connections stumped up the supplementary fee to add him to today's race after a superb performance off top-weight to win the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood.

Six-times champion Fallon said: “He has got a great turn of foot — great speed. He is exceptional. He gives me the feel of something special.”

Last year's winner Sole Power has been withdrawn due to the going being on the soft side.

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