Highway to Breeders’ Cup 2022
Seven-furlong G2 contest is first of two Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ Problem races for two-year-olds at Newmarket this week providing a assured spot within the Juvenile Fillies Turf
A 14-runner subject stuffed with extremely promising two-year-old fillies traces up on Friday at Newmarket when the Rockfel Stakes heads three Group races on Day Two of Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire assembly, named in honour of Saturday’s historic handicap.
With solely six weeks to go till the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland on November 4-5, the G2 Rockfel is one in all two juvenile occasions this week on the Rowley Mile (alongside Saturday’s Royal Lodge) to function within the ‘Win and You’re In’ Problem collection.
A fees-paid berth within the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf will likely be on provide alongside the same old Traditional clues – and if final 12 months is something to go by, the seven-furlong contest sponsored by Dubai’s Al Basti Equiworld may show extremely informative.
That 2021 version noticed Good day You beat Cachet by a size and a half; they completed fourth and fifth, albeit in reverse order, at Del Mar – and Cachet went on to Traditional glory on this 12 months’s 1000 Guineas.
Certainly, the Rockfel is commonly value watching with the Breeders’ Cup in thoughts as 5 of the final 5 winners have gone on to the Juvenile Fillies’ Turf. They embody 2019 winner Daahyeh, despatched off 7-2 favorite for the Juvenile Fillies’ Turf earlier than a sound runner-up effort at Santa Anita, whereas the 2018 Rockfel winner Simply Fantastic was fourth at Churchill Downs.
More likely to begin sizzling favorite on Friday is Commissioning, a once-raced daughter of celebrity miler Kingman stepping up from a powerful victory in maiden firm. Rivals embody unbeaten Wealthy and Rage Of Bamby, G3 winner Sydneyarms Chelsea and Irish-trained Olivia Maralda.
Commissioning (John & Thady Gosden/Robert Havlin) – Kingman filly created glorious impression with easy 3½-length victory on July Course debut a few months in the past; quoted for 1000 Guineas on the again of that and more likely to be heat order right here; Havlin takes over from suspended Dettori.
Wealthy (Richard Hannon/Pat Dobbs) – very well-regarded daughter of Cracksman unseen since scoring on soft-ground debut over 6f at Newbury in Could; pedigree means that distance was nicely in need of probably optimum.
Olivia Maralda (Michael O’Callaghan/Rossa Ryan) – Kodiac filly was 460,000gns breeze-up buy; units the usual on pure kind, having stepped up on straightforward seven-length Newbury romp with second place to subsequent G1-placed Mediatte final time in G1 Debutante at Curragh;
Rage Of Bamby (Eve Johnson Houghton/Charles Bishop) – gained each begins, slim verdict at Newbury on debut earlier than making all for comfy victory over this journey at Leicester on final begin after two-and-half-month break; bettering kind, value a shot at this larger grade.
We could speak about it?
Richard Hannon, coach of Wealthy: “I believe she could possibly be an excellent filly. Julie [Wood, owner] determined to not take her to Royal Ascot and that was an important determination. We’ve got given her time since. Lots of the lads that experience her all agree that she looks like she could possibly be something.” (Sporting Life)
Charlie Hills, coach of Sydneyarms Chelsea:“She’s a beautiful, huge filly who ought to keep a mile. She goes with some minimize within the floor, however would not need it too dangerous.” (Racing Publish)
Nicholas Godfrey’s verdict
Though Commissioning seems thrilling, she gained’t make for a fantastically enticing betting proposition on this kind of firm. Then again, DANCE IN THE GRASS is buying and selling at an each-way value after flopping as market chief for a G2 occasion at Doncaster final day out. Again on higher floor this time, the scopey Cracksman filly will be given one other likelihood as she seemed fairly sensible on her first two begins, each over this 7f journey.
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