Horses To Follow » Perotan


Perotan was impressive in winning the 12-furlong fillies’ maiden at Bellewstown last Friday on her racecourse debut. A little keen early on, Seamie Heffernan got her settled nicely in mid-division after they had gone a couple of furlongs. She moved up well as they raced across the top of the track and, still only sixth or seventh as they entered the short home straight, she picked up well when her rider moved her towards the outside. She stayed on strongly down the near side to hit the front inside the final furlong, going on to win by almost two lengths in the end.

There was a lot to like about this performance from Aidan O’Brien’s filly. She was weak in the market, she showed signs of greenness, and she was a fair way back early on off no more than a moderate pace, in a race in which the prominent racers did well, but she was well on top at the end. A three-parts sister to Bangkok, a Group 2 winner over 10 and a half furlongs, and a half-sister to Group 1 winner Matterhorn and Curragh Cup winner Tactic, the fact that she holds entries in the Irish Oaks and in the Nassau Stakes is a measure of the regard in which she is held at home. She will be of interest wherever she goes next.
Bellewstown, 1st July 2022