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Queen of Bermuda takes big next step

Queen Of Bermuda captured the greatest prize of her young career on Saturday, when she romped to victory at the prestigious Ayr Gold Cup meeting in Scotland.

The two-year-old, owned by Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing and trained in Newmarket on the English east coast by the esteemed William Haggas, won the William Hill Firth Of Clyde Stakes by two lengths, earning a career-best £36,862 (about $48,000).

Tackling six furlongs and heavy ground for the first time, the 9-2 favourite was held up by jockey Joe Fanning in the early exchanges before making headway on the stands side two furlongs out.

Travelling smoothly in search of the early pace, Queen Of Bermuda chased down the leaders, edging left under pressure, and then sped away in the final furlong to win her first race in Pattern company by an ever-increasing distance.

The triumph was the filly's fourth in eight appearances since making her debut at Royal Ascot in May and comes after a runner-up finish to the impressive Soldier's Call in a five-furlong group three race in Chantilly, France, on September 1.

That form has since been franked by the Archie Watson-trained bay colt, who made all in a valuable group two at Doncaster ten days ago.

Queen Of Bermuda, by Exceed and Excel out of Imperialistic Diva, took her career earnings to $120,000.

Eleven ran, with Shumookhi second at 11-2 under Edward Greatrex and Light My Fire third a length farther behind at 5-1 second favourite under Richard Kingscote.

“She is a very talented young filly and extraordinarily genuine for such a little girl,” Simon Scupham, the chairman of BTR, said. “We are considering supplementing her for the group one Cheveley Park Stakes at a cost of £20,000. This is effectively the champion two-year-old fillies race over six furlongs. The race is next Saturday at Newmarket; we will see how she is Monday morning.”

Mightily impressive: Queen Of Bermuda romps to victory in the group three William Hill Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr on Saturday

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Published September 24, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated September 24, 2018 at 1:21 am)

Queen of Bermuda takes big next step

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