Nathaniel sires another Group winning filly

Nathaniel sired another Group winner today with Pilaster landing the £300,000 Gr.2 Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood.
Trained by Roger Varian, the three-year-old filly engaged in a thrilling battle in the closing stages to regain the lead close home from Maid Up and score by a short-head.
The Cheveley Park Stud-owned homebred has won both of her previous starts this year on the All-Weather at Chelmsford (1m 2f) and Kempton (1m 4f).
Roger Varian said: "Watching it live and watching again, I did not think Pilaster was loving the ground. I think she has overcome the ground. She is class and all guts - she got headed and came back to win on the line. She is a very classy filly. She was very good today. She showed a real toughness today as she was headed and came back.
"Hopefully, she comes out of this race well and then we would have to consider races like the QIPCO Fillies & Mares at Ascot on QIPCO Champion Stakes day in October or the Park Hill at Doncaster before that. I think Pilaster will really come into her own when she is racing on slower ground.
"The ground today was in good condition, but I was glad when we got the rain. She is very enthusiastic in a sensible way and has a big will to win.
"These classy animals are horses that you can't rush and you have to take your time with them.

Thursday 2nd August 2018