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English Rose second on US debut in G1 Jenny Wiley Stakes


English Rose took another step forward in her progressive career as she chased home gate-to-wire winner Beaute Cachee in the G1 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland, USA, on Saturday, 13 April.

An impressive winner of the G2 Balanchine on her previous start, English Rose broke on terms and soon raced freely in second on the inner rail, a length and a half behind Beaute Cachee.

Didia moved up to take second from English Rose at the halfway point, but the Charlie Appleby-trained four-year-old was still within striking distance when the leader kicked on at the top of the straight.

English Rose rallied for William Buick to regain second from Didia just inside the final furlong and made late inroads into Beaute Cachee’s advantage, going down by a length and a half at the line.

Charlie Appleby said: “I’m very pleased with English Rose, who has gained valuable experience today. They were going so slow on the front. There was a little traffic in the stretch, but that did not affect us. The winner was gone.”

William Buick said: “I followed the winner, and the pace was slow. I think this experience will stand her in good stead. I thought I had a good spot, but Frankie [Dettori on Beaute Cachee] was able to maintain the pace. I was very happy with my filly, and I think she will improve and learn from this experience.”