Royal Ascot heroine Daahyeh bids to rediscover the Course in the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket.
After following her Newmarket introduction up with success in the Albany Stakes at Berkshire at mid-June roger Varian’s filly looked every inch juvenile at the building.
She has had to contend with the spot in her two starts, but has dropped in defeat in pursuing home Raffle Prize at the Duchess of Love and Cambridge Stakes in the Moyglare Stud Stakes in Ireland, less than a fortnight ago.
Varian said:”Daahyeh conducted great in the Moyglare on her first try at seven furlongs if she was coming back after having a bit of a break. I am quite happy at how she has come from that race and am looking forward to running .
“It was a tight conclusion choosing between conducting her or at the Cheveley Park Stakes on Saturday.
“However, the long-term strategy may consist of taking her around to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf within a longer excursion, so it seemed sensible to stick at seven furlongs rather than yo-yoing down into six.”
Daahyeh is among three most Varian runners, with all the Bury trainer also saddling the consistent maiden Stylistique – Frankie Dettori’s bracket – and Salisbury second Alash Orda.
“Alash Orda is really a beautiful filly who’s creating a significant jump in course, but she will be a great horse in time,” the coach added.
“Stylistique is becoming better and better and even though she’s still a maiden, ” I do not believe her existing disability mark of 98 flatters her or him is any kind of fluke.
“She will not have to improve considerably to make the framework on Friday.”
Before this month, richard Hannon’s Cloak Of Spirits made a major impression on her debut at Ascot in July, but can only finish sixth when hot favorite for the May Hill in Doncaster.
Aidan O’Brien – that claimed this Group Two trophy for the next 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, after bolting up at Chepstow turning out only 10 days.
Charlie Johnston, assistant to his father, said:”It would not be anything we do – throwing that a horse in at the deep end so quickly – but that filly was revealing enough early to give her several entries in this type of level.
“She was unfortunate to be beaten on her first run in Goodwood and she put that expertise to good use at Chepstow a week.
“Daahyeh sets an excellent standard and will be a difficult nut to crack. It’s a tiny fact-finding mission for us, however we hope she will be competitive.”
Another hopefuls are Under The Stars (James Tate), Hot Touch (Hugo Palmer) and Alabama Whitman (Richard Spencer).
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