Wedding Ring impresses in Dubai victory
17 January 2014
The daughter of Oasis Dream was consigned by Watership Down Stud for 310,000gns at Tattersalls Book 1 in 2012. Her dam, Cast In Gold, is a half-brother to St Leger hero Rule Of Law.
Trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin, Wedding Ring won two valuable Tattersalls Sales races last autumn in addition to beating subsequent Group 2 winner Inhtimal in her maiden at Newmarket.
She was sent off the 5/4 favourite for the contest and duly obliged in eye-catching fashion.
She was settled towards the rear of the field by jockey Mickael Barzalona before making smooth progress just past half-way.
She showed a smart turn of foot to sweep into the lead inside the final furlong, passing the post a comfortable winner.
The UAE 1000 Guineas on February 6 is her next target although this victory earned her quotes of just 20/1 for the English 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4.
Appleby said: “Wedding Ring has a turn of foot and we were confident that she would get to the leader. The natural progression is to step up to a mile for the UAE 1000 Guineas.”
“She switches off very well and I think that she will get a mile around Meydan. For a filly who has natural speed, she relaxes very well, which is a great attribute.”