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Wild Beauty back with a win in G3 Dubai Duty Free Stake


Wild Beauty set herself up for some major targets this season with a comfortable victory on her return to action in the G3 Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury, UK, on Saturday, 16 April.

Dropping down to seven furlongs, last season’s G1 Natalma Stakes heroine broke smartly for William Buick and led the majority of the field, with Symphony Perfect heading four fillies that raced away from the main group.

Wild Beauty disputed second overall as the 12 runners converged at halfway before staying on down the stands’ side with Jumbly to press Symphony Perfect for the lead entering the final furlong.

The Charlie Appleby-trained filly took up the running with half a furlong left and asserted over Jumbly in the closing strides for a half-length success in the trial registered as the Fred Darling Stakes.

William Buick said: “Wild Beauty beat the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner in the Natalma Stakes, so she is a high-class filly. She showed last year that she wanted a mile and I don’t think she will be running over seven furlongs again.

“I like what she did today – she was very genuine – and I think that she will improve plenty for it. The team will decide where she goes next but she has plenty of options. It’s natural that the English and French Guineas will be under strong consideration.”