Smart three-year-old filly Just the Judge has been a tremendous flag-bearer for the Charles Hills stable this term and will bid to land another big prize when stepping up to 10 furlongs for the first time in her career in the Group 1 Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on August 3, writes Elliot Slater.
The daughter of Lawman had good form last term as a juvenile winning all three outings, culminating with a Group 2 success in the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket last October, a run that marked her down in racing live betting circles as a possible classic contender this season.
She reappeared at HQ in the Qipco 1000 Guineas and ran a tremendous race in going down by just half-a-length to the high-class Sky Lantern – also entered in the Nassau Stakes – before going one better in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh three weeks later when accounting for racing betting favourite Rehn’s Nest by a length-and-a-half.
The big re-match against Sky Lantern took place in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, but Hills’ filly had no answer to a blinding turn of foot shown by Hannon’s star and eventually finished third, underlining the feeling that a longer trip could be just the ticket.
Hills told Racing UK, “She’s been cantering every day. The plan is to step up to a mile-and-a-quarter and go for the Nassau Stakes. I wouldn’t want to run her though on too fast ground, but I’m really looking forward to running her over a bit further.”
Hills is enjoying a fine 2013 having sent out 40 winners so far in his first full term with the training licence since taking over from his father, the racing legend that is Barry Hills. Just The Judge has certainly kept his name in the headlines and could yet be set for more big-race glory.