Roly Poly, a War Front filly who was offered in Book 1 of Keeneland’s 2015 September Yearling Sale, is a back-to-back Group 1 winner, recording victories in the Falmouth S. at Newmarket and Prix Rothschild at Deauville.
Having finished second in three prior Group 1 events, Roly Poly broke through with an authoritative front-running victory in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on July 14. Rider Ryan Moore sent Roly Poly to the front shortly after the start of the 1-mile turf test, and she faced no pressure until the final quarter mile when Wuheida tried to engage her. It wasn't much of battle, as Roly Poly went on to post a comfortable 1¼-length victory over that rival. Arabian Hope, purchased for $550,000 at the same September Sale, claimed third.
“Her last two runs were very good runs,” Moore said. “She's improved through the spring and deserved a Group 1. She's just a very tough, honest filly."
The filly returned to the winner's circle July 30, giving arguable her best performance to date in the Prix Rothschild (G1) at Deauville. Leading the group racing along the center of the course, Roly Poly challenged the leader along the rail at the halfway point. At the quarter pole, she took command of the lead and held off challenges in the final stages to get the win.
Two of Roly Poly's bridesmaid’s finishes at the top level came in her two prior starts, when she ran second to stablemate Winter in both the One Thousand Guineas at the Curragh and the Coronation at Royal Ascot. At 2, Roly Poly won the Duchess of Cambridge (G2) at Newmarket and the Grangecon Stud Balanchine (G3) at the Curragh.
Owned by Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier and trained by Aidan O'Brien, the Kentucky-bred Roly Poly is out of the Galileo (IRE) mare Misty For Me (IRE), a multiple Group 1 winner who was the highweighted 2-year-old filly in Ireland and France and the highweighted 3-year-old filly in Ireland.