When Polly Pott competes in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile on Friday, Harry Dunlop hopes to end his career as a trainer with a bang (3.35).
In the Newmarket Group 1 race, where the two-year-old will compete against seven opponents, Dunlop will look to cap off a successful 16-year career.
Dunlop announced in August that he would close his stable at the end of the season due to the state of the economy before Polly Pott, who will now make her Group 1 debut, shocked the field by winning the May Hill Stakes at 40-1 odds.
Under David Probert, who has twice guided the filly to victory, the daughter of Muhaarar aims to win five races this year.
She’s in good shape, and the Megsons [owners] were really sport to pay the supplement fee of £35,000, which was a big decision, Dunlop said on Tuesday from the Tattersalls Book 1 sale. Overall, she appears to have recovered well from the May Hill, and we hope that the form is sound.
“Ground-wise she’s won on fast and soft, although I hope it will be good. She seems in good form but has to improve from the Group 2, but it’s exciting to be involved.”
The field from the previous year’s Fillies’ Mile produced four subsequent Group 1 winners, including star filly Inspiral, making it a highly competitive race this year.
With Commissioning, a 6-1 second-favorite for the 1,000 Guineas, the champion trainers from the previous year are back in the field.
Under Robert Havlin’s guidance, the Kingman filly won the Rockfel Stakes last month in impressive fashion.