Threading 20-1 to give Trainer Mark Johnson a second QIPCO 1000 Guineas following Lowther victoryPublished August 31, 2017
Yorkshire trainer Mark Johnston has had plenty of top class fillies through his hands over the years but it is his 2004 multiple Group 1 winner Attraction who stands head and shoulders above the rest. Responsible for Johnston’s only victory in Newmarket’s 1000 Guineas to date the master of Kingsley House may just have the horse to follow in the footsteps of that illustrious champion with the promising Threshing, unbeaten in her two starts to date.
After thrashing a field of decent maidens at Goodwood on her debut earlier this month when sent off an unconsidered 12-1 shot, the daughter of Exceed And Excel was deemed worthy of the £15,000 supplementary fee to take her chance in York’s Group 2 Sky Bet Lowther Stakes last week, a gamble which paid off for connections as her rider James Doyle took up the running from long-time leader and raider from the US Happy Like A Fool entering the final furlong to record a comfortable length and three quarters win over the strong finishing Roger Varian-trained Madeline.
While £15,000 is probably little more than small change to owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum the fact that the filly was allowed to go off at such a big price on her debut and hadn’t been given any fancy entries highlights just how rapidly the horse must have improved in recent weeks which can only prove a positive as the season progresses.
Newmarket’s Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes could be on the agenda for Threshing and a rematch with Lowther runner-up Madeline while of next year’s first fillies’ Classic, Johnston said: “ You’d say there that she could be a Guineas filly. She stayed the trip very well and started to pull away right at the death.” Available at 33-1 prior to her Lowther victory Threshing is now a top 20-1 with Ladbrokes and Coral to emulate the stable’s great flagbearer of 2004.