Daahyeh sets Rockfel standard

Royal Ascot heroine Daahyeh Wants to rediscover the trail in the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.

After following her Newmarket introduction up with victory in the Albany Stakes at Berkshire at mid-June roger Varian’s filly looked every inch top-class juvenile at the making.
In pursuing home Raffle Prize in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes and Love in the Moyglare Stud Stakes in Ireland, under a fortnight ago she has had to make do with the spot within her subsequent two begins, but has lost little.
Varian said:”Daahyeh worked great at the Moyglare on her very first try at seven furlongs when she was coming back after a small break. I am quite happy at how she am very much looking forward to running and has come from this race.
“It was a tight decision choosing between operating her here or in the Cheveley Park Stakes on Saturday.
“However, the long-term strategy might consist of carrying her around into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf within a longer excursion, so it seemed wise to stick at seven furlongs instead of yo-yoing down into six.”
Daahyeh is one of three Varian runners, together with the Bury coach saddling the maiden Stylistique – that the bracket of Frankie Dettori – and Salisbury second Alash Orda.
“Alash Orda is really a beautiful filly who is creating a huge jump in class, but she’ll be a wonderful horse in time,” the trainer added.
“Stylistique is becoming better and better and even though she is still a maiden, ” I don’t believe her existing handicap mark of 98 flatters her or is any type of fluke.
“She will not need to improve far to create the frame on Friday.”
Before this month, richard Hannon’s Cloak Of Spirits created a large impression on her racecourse introduction but could only finish sixth when favorite for its May Hill in Doncaster.
Aidan O’Brien – that claimed this Group two prize for the third time with Only Delightful – depends on Blissful, who has won her last two starts at Leopardstown and Tipperary.
Festival Day is a interesting contender for Mark Johnston, later bolting up at Chepstow, turning out just 10 days.
Charlie Johnston, assistant to his father, explained:”It would not be something we usually do – throwing a horse in at the deep end so fast – but this filly was revealing enough early on to give her some entries at this type of level.
“She had been unlucky to be beaten on her first run at Goodwood and she put that expertise to work with at Chepstow a week.
“Daahyeh sets a very good standard and is going to be a hard nut to crack. It is a small fact-finding mission for us, however we hope she will be competitive.”
Another hopefuls are Under The Stars (James Tate), Sexy Touch (Hugo Palmer) and Alabama Whitman (Richard Spencer).

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