WOTADOLL has been knocking at the door more than once of late but after a series of recent placed efforts, she deservedly hit the front and stayed there when winning the lucky last at Chelmsford yesterday evening.
The good looking 4yo daughter of Harbour Watch was one of nine runners in the second division of the 6f handicap for 3yos and upwards. Last time out over course and distance, she was impeded from getting a clear run but this time, the 11/4 favourite came wide, challenged for the lead over a furlong from home, went to the front and won comfortably at the line by one and three-quarter lengths from Pindaric.
In her previous eight outings, she had been placed on six occasions, five of them in the runner-up spot, so this victory was not of turn. The filly was gaining her third success in 23 starts and she has now been in the first four in two-thirds of her races. This year, she has had 11 races and only been out of the frame three times. Her previous two victories came at Yarmouth and Brighton, so this was the first time she took the honours on the all-weather. Congratulations to her owner and breeder, David Mead.
Yesterday’s win by Wotadoll was the stable’s third success this month following Villette’s success at Newmarket and then Daddy’s Daughter’s win on her racecourse debut at Kempton. The yard seems in good form with according to the Racing Post, the stable’s runners recording an RTF (running to form) of 65% in the last 14 days.
Tomorrow marks the end of the 2018 turf season with the curtain coming down on the season in traditional fashion at Doncaster. Harper Lodge Farm sends out Librisa Breeze and Eirene in the Wentworth Stakes, a Listed contest over 6f. Good luck to both runners!