3.00 Newbury – HAZARFIYA (nap)
The selection, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, is a daughter of Fastnet Rock who debuted in a 1m fillies’ novice event here last October (11/1 chance), racing in midfield but pushed along and running green over three furlongs out, responding well approaching the final furlong and staying on to take third behind Red Starlight (beaten 3¼ lengths). It was a most encouraging first run from this well-bred filly, her inexperience all too evident from halfway but her finishing effort for mainly hands-and-heels riding promising much better to come at some point. A half sister to Derby winner Harzand, she is very much bred to come into her own over middle distances, and entries both the Oaks and Irish Oaks indicate she’s fully expected to live up to her classy breeding. She has to reverse placings with the re-opposing Expensive Liaison, but that filly had the benefit of experience when the pair met last autumn, and the additional two furlongs here along with the benefit of that run ought to see this daughter of Fastnet Rock improve past that rival. She also faces beautifully-bred newcomers Lah Ti Dar (sister to the smart So Mi Dar and out of Dar Re Mi) and White Light (half sister to Tasaday) in a race that should throw up plenty of future winners, but it’d still be a little disappointing if this filly couldn’t make a winning return and put herself in line for an Oaks trial.
5.05 Newbury – ADORABLE (nb)
The selection is a daughter of Kodiac who is a half sister to Group 3-placed 8-10f winner Expresso Star, 7-12f winner Raucous Behaviour, 1m 2yo winner Tarikhi, US 8.5f 2yo winner Macchiato and two other winners, out of a US 1m 1f Grade 1 winner who was a half sister to Listed-placed 7f-1m 2yo winner Autonomy, fairly useful multiple 1m winner Nordinex and 7f 2yo winner Next Round. This filly is trained by Mick Channon and cost €100,000 as a yearling at auction, making plenty of appeal on pedigree being a half sister to 2009 Lincoln Handicap winner Expresso Star and five other winners and the daughter of a Grade 1 winner in the States. There have also been a few in the family that have scored at the first time of asking and this filly is bred to be sharper than most, her being a May foal the likeliest reason for her failure to see any sort of action as a two-year-old. Her stable has made a bright start to the new campaign and can get the odd one ready to strike first time up; booking of James Doyle a plus point, and no surprise to see this daughter of Kodiac prove sharper than most and make a successful start to her career here.