The daughter of Distorted Humor fended off the challenge of the Mick Channon-trained Harmonise and Sir Michael Stoute’s Blushing Rose to secure a second career win from just three starts, twelve days after getting off the mark in a seven furlong fillies’ maiden at Kempton.
Ridden on this occasion by Harry Bentley, Pichola Dance travelled well up with the pace and responded generously to pressure entering the Dip.
She showed signs of her inexperience in the closing stages, wandering a little as she met the rising ground, but her excellent attitude came to the fore, Pichola Dance getting up to lead inside the final one-hundred yards.
Owned by Craig Bennett’s Merry Fox Stud, Pichola Dance has a top-drawer pedigree being out of an unraced half-sister to Listen, who won the Fillies’ Mile, and Sequoyah, dam of miling champion Henrythenavigator.
As such, this was an important success and Roger has suggested the filly might now head into stakes company.
He said: “We will have a look at the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes back at Newmarket on October 8. She’s a lovely filly who likes a strong pace to chase. It’s nice to get a return out of her dam, Liffey Dancer.”