Perrett reaches higher ground

Amanda Perrett ignored the advice of her father, the Classic-winning trainer, Guy Harwood, to achieve the biggest success of her career with Indian Lodge in the Group Two KLM UK Mile at Sandown yesterday.

The four-year-old was a winner at Newmarket nine days ago and an attempt at a Group One target is on the cards. "Father told me not to run a horse again for at least two weeks after his first run of the season," said Perrett, who is in her third season since taking over the trainer's licence at the Sussex yard from which her father sent out Dancing Brave, Warning and To Agori Mou.

Indian Lodge, who beat Trans Island by two lengths, with Almushtarak a neck further away in third, is likely to next contest either the Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on 20 May or Prix d'Ispahan in France the following day.

Dream Quest was cut from 66-1 to 33-1 with Victor Chandler for the Oaks after making a winning debut in the April Maiden Stakes. Her trainer, John Dunlop, will learn more about her Classic prospects after her next race, the Lingfield Oaks Trial.

Dream Quest beat Request by only a short-head, with Burning Sunset one and a half lengths away in third, but the trio all look set to win races.

"She is well-bred and a nice filly," Dunlop said. "And we are delighted with her especially as the second and the third were well fancied. She has some fancy engagements but we shall have to take another step first before seeing if she justifies them. Pat [Eddery] says she will stay further so we will try her over a mile and a half."

Kieren Fallon, runner-up on the Queen's Request, had earlier gained a short-head verdict on Medicean over Eddery's mount Man O'Mystery in the opening race. Medicean had finished third on his debut in the Wood Ditton Stakes at Newmarket last week and is set to stick to this trip of a mile for the time being.

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