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Winning verdict for Judge

Sat, 18 August 2012

Just The Judge took her unbeaten record to two with a notable victory over the colts in the Denford Stud Stakes at Newbury.

The Charlie Hills-trained filly (3-1) missed the break slightly as Excess Knowledge made the running in this Listed contest, previously known as the Washington Singer Stakes.

Michael Hills bided his time on Just The Judge before unleashing her with a powerful run on the stands side. She had to work hard, but shrugged off Excess Knowledge and Ninjago to win by a length.

The jockey said: "She's a very smart filly. Frankie (Dettori, rider of Excess Knowledge) rode a smart race from the front - he went very steady and it was more like a six-furlong race. I had to get her going. She levelled out and then got back on her legs again and quickened again."

Charlie Hills, whose filly earned a 25-1 quote for next year's 1000 Guineas, added: "I was really pleased with her. She did well to come off a slow pace and Michael was always confident he would win. She showed a good attitude to knuckle down at the end.

"She's in the Moyglare (Curragh, September 9) and also the Fillies' Mile (Newmarket, September 28), which is the main target. I've no doubt she will get further."

Dominic Fox's dramatic dash to the racecourse was vindicated as Tantshi won the opening Betfred 'The Home Of Goals Galore' Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

The jockey met with heavy traffic off the M4 as fans of Jessie J journeyed to the racecourse for the after-racing concert. He decided to take evasive action as he ditched his car and ran to the course with a kit-bag on his back.

His efforts were rewarded as he showed strength in a tight finish to get the Roger Varian-trained Tantshi (9-1) home by a head from Secretly and Supernova Heights, who dead-heated for second.

Fox said: "I've had a few sits on this filly at home and I think she'll come on a ton for what she's done. I literally had to run from the M4 to get here - there was so much traffic. I ran for 15 minutes with a bag on my back."