Horses To Follow » Seta


Seta did really well to win a good quality one mile-listed race at Sandown on Saturday. Luca Cumani’s filly drifted in the betting beforehand, but she always travelled well for Jean-Paul Guillambert, just in behind the leader Flora Trevelyan, who set a fairly genuine pace. Seta picked up really well to join the leader as they came up the straight, and she hit the front just under two furlongs out. She appeared to idle a bit in front, Flora Trevelyan came back at her on the inside rail and Long Lashes unleashed a challenge on her outside, but she was able to hold on by a short-head.

This was a really good listed race and although they didn’t seem to go very fast early on, the time was good, so the form should stand up. You could have made a case for all six of the talented fillies that lined up here, they all looked really progressive and in the end the well-supported favourite, Decorative, could only finish last. Seta herself will probably get better in time, she is a big filly and she just appeared to idle a bit in front when she got there. Long Lashes looked a little unlucky, and she should improve for this as well, but you just have the impression that Seta had a little more left to give. She also shows a lot of knee action, so the ground would have been plenty quick enough for her here, she should do better on easier ground.

The daughter of Pivotal has been on a recovery mission since she disappointed in the 1000 Guineas, but she has steadily improved with three wins since then, one conditions race and two listed races, and she looks set for a step up in class now. She is still a talented filly and she may land one of the big fillies’ prizes in the autumn on easier ground, with the Sun Chariot Stakes looking the most obvious target.

21st August 2010