Daahyeh sets Rockfel standard

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

After following up her successful Newmarket debut with victory in the Albany Stakes at Berkshire in 30, roger Varian’s filly looked every inch juvenile in the making.
In chasing home Raffle Prize in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes and Love in the Moyglare Stud Stakes in Ireland, under a fortnight past She’s had to make do with all the runner-up spot inside her following two begins, but has lost little in defeat.
Varian stated:”Daahyeh worked great in the Moyglare on her first attempt in seven furlongs when she was coming back after a small break. I am very pleased at how she has come out of this race and I am looking forward to running her.
“It was a tight conclusion choosing between running her or in the Cheveley Park Stakes on Saturday.
“However, the long-term strategy may consist of carrying her over into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf within a longer trip, so it seemed sensible to stay at seven furlongs instead of yo-yoing down to six.”
Daahyeh is among three Varian runners, together with the Bury Road-based coach also saddling the consistent maiden Stylistique – that the bracket of Frankie Dettori – and Salisbury next Alash Orda.
“Alash Orda is a lovely filly who’s making a huge jump in class, but she will be a nice horse at the time,” the trainer added.
“Stylistique is becoming better and better and although she is still a maiden, I don’t feel her current handicap mark of 98 flatters her or him is any type of fluke.
“She won’t need to improve much to make the frame on Friday.”
Before this season richard Hannon’s Cloak Of Spirits created a major impression on her introduction at Ascot in July, but could only finish sixth when favourite for its May Hill in Doncaster.
Aidan O’Brien – that maintained this Group two prize for the third time with Just Delightful – is based on Blissful, that has won her final two starts at Tipperary and Leopardstown.
Festival Day is a interesting contender for Mark Johnston, turning out 10 days later bolting up in Chepstow.
Charlie Johnston, assistant to his father, stated:”It wouldn’t be something we do – throwing a horse in at the deep end so fast – but this filly was showing enough early on to provide her several entries in this kind of level.
“She had been unfortunate to be beaten on her first run in Goodwood and she put that experience to good use at Chepstow a week.
“Daahyeh sets an excellent standard and will be a difficult nut to crack. It is a bit of a fact-finding mission for us, however we hope she will be aggressive.”
The other hopefuls are Under The Stars (James Tate), Hot Touch (Hugo Palmer) and Alabama Whitman (Richard Spencer).

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