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Maybe makes hay in Chesham

Aidan O'Brien's Maybe kept her unbeaten record intact with an authoritative performance in the Chesham Stakes, the first race on the final day of Royal Ascot.

Ridden by Ryan Moore, the 5-2 favourite was never far off the pace in the seven-furlong contest and as the front-runners dropped away, she was left in front with only Fort Bastion and Richard Hughes able to keep tabs on her.

The two rivals quickly opened up a big advantage on the rest of the field, but Ballydoyle's daughter of Galileo never looked like relinquishing her advantage, keeping up the gallop in the soft ground to score by two and a quarter lengths.

Bookmakers were suitably impressed, with William Hill promoting the filly into 7-1 favouritism for the 1000 Guineas and Stan James going 9-2.

O'Brien said: "We were afraid of conditions, but we thought she was a classy filly at home and she was very impressive at Naas first time out. When the ground changed we didn't really know what was going to happen, but we always thought she was very smart.

"She's like a lot of those very talented horses - she hits the gates very naturally and travelled very easily. Ryan said she got into a lovely rhythm and she was very tough at the end.

"I'm not sure (about her best trip). She won her maiden over six furlongs and obviously this was seven and she got it very well. She should have no problem getting a mile, anyway.

"We think she looks like a Moyglare (Curragh, August 28) filly, and whether she'd have another run in between, I'm not sure."

Connections of the Richard Hannon-trained Fort Bastion accepted their horse had been outclassed.

Barry Simpson, racing manager for owner Sir Robert Ogden, said: "He ran really well and handled the ground, but we might have been beaten by an exceptional filly. We'll probably do what we did with King Torus last year and go for the Group Two (Superlative Stakes) at the Newmarket July meeting."


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