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First Seal destroys rivals in Surround Stakes

Blake Shinn was supremely confident First Seal would show her best in the Surround Stakes and the star filly didn’t let him down with a jaw dropping performance to win the Group 2 race.

Fitter following her first-up defeat in the Light Fingers Stakes, First Seal flexed her muscles to prove she is clearly the best of her generation, coming from the back of the field to win with ease.

Shinn just kept First Seal out of trouble, circling his rivals on the turn before opening up in the straight to win by a widening two and three quarter lengths from Supara and Slightly Sweet.

“I am very lucky, I have ridden some good horses. She is up there with the best of them I think,” Shinn said.

“You ooze confidence when you ride her. She is a great filly. She proved that in the spring winning the Flight Stakes and she has come back in great order.

“It is terrific to kick off her autumn campaign with a win today.

“Ideally I would have loved to of been closer. I had to ride her where she was comfortable. I couldn’t force the issue like I did last time which brought me undone. I had to ride her with the utmost of confidence, I knew I was on the best horse and she did the rest for me.”

First Seal will now progress towards the Coolmore Classic before a decision is made whether she runs in the Doncaster Mile or Vinery Stud Stakes.

“She will go to the Coolmore (Classic) next start. That was always planned. Depending on how she runs in that, that’s when we decide whether she goes to the Vinery (Stud Stakes) or the Doncaster,” he said.

“She was underdone last start but I still thought she would probably win. She found a bit of trouble and the track didn’t play in our favour that day from barrier 1.

“Today was a different story. We’d drawn to get a run. We didn’t care if we were wide, she just needed clear running and she would do the rest.

“Today she was travelling I don’t care where she is in her races. I don’t care whether she is first or last, I said to Blake (Shinn) this morning as long as she is travelling and clear, she will do her job and get it done.“