Amazing Maria finally justified her connections’ view of her innate ability when she made it third time successful in the British Stallion Studs New Ham Fillies’ Maiden on Ladies’ Day.
Ridden by Frankie Dettori in the seven-furlong contest, the 7/2 joint-favourite put her opponents, headed by Inchila, to the sword by six lengths. “Nice filly,” said trainer Ed Dunlop succinctly afterwards.
Dettori’s win seemed fitting on a sun-baked day where there were famous faces everywhere - from Zara Phillips to Michael Owen, with plenty of celebrity female jockeys in the mix in between.
Amazing Maria , the daughter of Mastercraftsman, home-bred by owner Sir Robert Ogden, now has bigger targets on the horizon, with the Fillies’ Mile at her local track Newmarket her end-of-season objective.
The only disappointment for the watching fans was that Dettori did not perform a flying dismount to mark his first winner at this year’s Glorious Goodwood, but he explained that he put the grey filly’s wellbeing before a photo opportunity.
“She’s a hot two-year-old filly,” he said, “and I want to keep her calm, not rev her up. We had high hopes for her in the spring and despite her not having won I was confident today. She’s shown what she’s capable of and she’s a very nice filly with a real future.”
Meanwhile, Ladies’ Day saw another increase in crowd, with 22,901 racegoers enjoying terrific racing.
The attendance in 2012 came to 22,791, with the 2011 figure 21,719 and the 2010 total 20,667.
Adam Waterworth, the racecourse’s managing director, said: “We sold out in the Gordon Enclosure and it is very good to see so many people having a great time on Ladies’ Day at Glorious Goodwood.
“The weather could not have been better and Brown Panther’s decisive victory in the Artemis Goodwood Cup was the highlight, while the charity race, the Magnolia Cup, raised lots of money.”