ZARKAMIYA MAKES THE PERFECT DEBUT
The daughter of FRANKEL and outstanding Group 1 mare Zarkava justified her odds-on favouritism at Longchamp yesterday (21st April) when running out the decisive winner of the Prix de la Lancette.
Kept in the midfield for the the beginning of the race she was asked for more at the home turn and quickened impressively in the final furlong to take the race. Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre said: "She's not very demonstrative, but has a lot of energy and gives a lot. I feel we should take her step by step and space out her races. I think she will stay further and her next race will be over a mile-and-a-quarter."
The Craven meeting at Newmarket (17th-19th April) also saw some Juddmonte-sired horses making promising seasonal returns. On Wednesday (18th April) Oaks hopeful Qazyna (FRANKEL) powered away from the field to win the first division of the Maiden Fillies' stakes by three and a half lengths for trainer Roger Varian. "I'm not sure what will come next, but I think she's quite good
and that's exciting," commented Varian. "She's got
loads of boot and just tanked through the race. I don't think
she'll be out of her comfort zone to stay at a mile, but if you
want to find out if she is an Oaks filly you've got to go 10
[furlongs] next time. It's a problem we'll discuss over the coming
The second division of the race was taken by Ceilidhs Dream (OASIS DREAM) who kept on strongly in the closing stages to pip Sea Of Class by a neck.
Thursday (19th April) saw Juddmonte homebred Breath Caught (BATED BREATH) win the final race of the Craven meeting by half a length to Michael Bell-trained Christopher Wood. Racing Manager Teddy Grimthorpe said: "Breath Caught seems to have come on since last year and once he got the upper hand he was impressive. We'll look at some smarter handicaps now, although I'm not sure what his best trip is going to be."
Date: 20 April 2018