Tough return to action for Spirit Of Bermuda
Spirit Of Bermuda endured an underwhelming return to action after finishing eighth in the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap at York Racecourse.
The three-year-old filly, owned by Bermuda Racing Ltd, and ridden by Tom Marquand, headed into the seven-furlong race as 7-2 betting favourite, after an impressive victory at Newmarket in her previous outing on July 10.
However, she failed to live up to her pre-race expectations, as despite being in a promising position in the early stages of the Class 2 race, run on good ground, she weakened in the final two furlongs to fade out of contention and finish five lengths adrift of the race winner.
Sweet Enough — the 5-1 second favourite — who tracked the leaders out of the gate before taking the lead inside the final furlong, held off the challenge from Improvised (9-2) to prevail in a winning time of 1min 23sec.
Rising Star, a strong outside bet at 17-2, who improved further to score for the first time as a three-year-old at Musselburgh last month, took third, having led over the first three furlongs.
The disappointing result for the Bermudian-owned thoroughbred, a 210,000 guineas purchase at Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up in June last year, could be partly blamed on the effects of an extended 40-day period of inactivity before her return to the racecourse.
Scheduled races in the South of France and then at Glorious Goodwood both fell through owing to a combination of restrictive Covid-19 quarantine and unfavourable soft ground.
Trained by William Haggas, Spirit Of Bermuda — who is part of the same syndicate as Queen Of Bermuda, Pink Sands and Skymax — had enjoyed success over the same distance coming into the race, having followed up a second career victory Leicester Racecourse on July 1, with another impressive win at Newmarket nine days later.