Daahyeh sets Rockfel standard

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

Roger Varian’s filly looked every inch a juvenile at the building after following up her powerful Newmarket introduction with success in the Albany Stakes at Berkshire in mid-June.
She has had to contend with the spot within her two begins, but has lost little in pursuing home Raffle Prize at the Duchess of Enjoy and Cambridge Stakes less than a fortnight past.
Varian said:”Daahyeh worked great at the Moyglare on her first attempt in seven furlongs when she was coming back after having a tiny break. I am quite happy at how she am looking forward to conducting her and has come out of the race.
“It was a tight decision choosing between running her here or at the Cheveley Park Stakes on Saturday.
“But the long-term plan could consist of taking her around to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf over a longer excursion, so it seemed wise to stick at seven furlongs rather than yo-yoing back down to six.”
Daahyeh is one of three most Varian runners, together with the Bury coach saddling the constant maiden Stylistique – that the mount of Frankie Dettori – along with Salisbury next Alash Orda.
“Alash Orda is a lovely filly who is making a large jump in class, but she will be a great horse in time,” the trainer added.
“Stylistique is getting better and better and although she is still a maiden, I do not think her present handicap mark of 98 flatters her or is any type of fluke.
“She won’t have to improve much to produce the frame on Friday.”
Earlier this month richard Hannon’s Cloak Of Spirits created a large impression on her introduction at Ascot in July, but can only finish sixth when hot favorite for its May Hill at Doncaster.
Aidan O’Brien – that claimed this Group Two trophy for the next time with Only Delightful 12 months past – relies on Blissful, who has won her final two starts at Tipperary and Leopardstown.
Festival Day is a interesting competitor for Mark Johnston, later bolting up in Chepstow turning out 10 days.
Charlie Johnston, assistant to his father, explained:”It wouldn’t be something we usually do – throwing a horse in at the deep end so quickly – but that filly was showing enough early on to give her several entries in this type of level.
“She had been unfortunate to be narrowly beaten on her first run in Goodwood and that she put that experience to good use at Chepstow last week.
“Daahyeh sets a very good standard and is going to be a tough nut to crack. It’s a small fact-finding mission for us, however we hope she’ll be competitive.”
The other hopefuls are Under The Stars (James Tate), Hot Touch (Hugo Palmer) and Alabama Whitman (Richard Spencer).

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