Queen Mary third for Final Song
Final Song confirmed the promise of her debut victory with a staying-on third in the G2 Queen Mary Stakes over five furlongs at Royal Ascot on Wednesday, 19 June.
The two-year-old Dark Angel filly, a five-length winner over the same course and distance for trainer Saeed bin Suroor on Friday, 10 May, broke smartly from her high draw (23) and soon settled behind the leaders towards the stands’ side under Christophe Soumillon as the field split into two groups.
Final Song ran on to go third inside the final furlong and kept on strongly without quite getting to the first and second, Raffle Prize and Kimari, going down by just over a length in total.
Raffle Prize, owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, gamely beat American challenger Kimari by a head in 1m 1.58s on good to soft ground.
Saeed bin Suroor commented: “She ran well – I am happy with her.
“Final Song ran a big race, but I think she needs further – six or seven furlongs.
“She looks like a filly with a good future and there may be some races coming up for her in France.”