After an eye-catching run behind Winx in the Group 1 Winx Stakes the classy Unforgotten reminded everyone she is a mare of huge ability as well with an outstanding win of her own in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes.
A memorable winner of the Group 1 Oaks in the autumn, Unforgotten put pay to a high-class field on Saturday and unleashed a devastating winning sprint reminiscent of her famous stablemate.
Second up from a spell, the win came over 1600m for the daughter of Fastnet Rock carrying the colours of Noel Greenhalgh.
“She is very special. She showed that in the autumn and the Oaks was very special in itself,’’ Waller said.
“But to have that acceleration over a mile was very pleasing to see.”
The win had people asking could Unforgotten be the second-best mare in Australia behind Winx and it appears Waller is likely to try and keep the pair from clashing.
“To be quite frank I would be running Unforgotten in the Epsom and go to the Cox Plate with her if it wasn’t for Winx,’’ Waller said.
“We won’t be taking on Winx, I can tell you that, but she is a very well-bred filly out of a Galileo mare and she’s already proven at 2400m. The Caulfield Cup sounds like the right race for her.”
Rider Hugh Bowman was at his patient best as he picked a path through the field and was full of praise with his concise appraisal to Chris Waller postrace: “She is pretty good, she is a Group 1 horse!”
“I knew if I got through she would sprint quickly.
“She just looks magnificent, it’s lovely to be back on her. She put the writing on the wall when she won the ATC Oaks here in the autumn, the world is her oyster.
“I wouldn’t imagine she would be beating Winx anytime soon but there are plenty of nice races for her.”
Purchased at Karaka from Curraghmore Stud at the Premier Sale for NZ$360,000, Unforgotten has gathered prizemoney of A$1,242,770 with six wins from just 11 starts.