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Newmarket Wed Apr 19 2yo race review

Newmarket 1610 EBF Maiden Fillies Stakes
5f, Class 4, 1m0.88s
(slow by 3.28s)
Good to Firm (Good in Places)

Formidable Kitt - Feb 16 foal. Well-bred, out of Royal Ascot winning 2yo and half-sister also won on debut. Jumped beautifully to take early lead, always under a nice hold. Found plenty when challenged (two taps with the whip) and wasn't stopping at the line. Backed confidently and had worked very well at home. Jockey Richard Kingscote said he expected her to win by a few lengths. Only a small filly, impressive.

Take Shelter - Feb 11, 21k gns yearling. Dam peaked at OR88, won three races on AW. Jumped well, sat in the breeze down middle of track. Loomed to challenge the winner but unable to get past. No shame in that, think the winner is pretty handy.

Ziarah - Apr 23, €140k yearling. Dam unraced half-sister to very useful sprinter Hot Streak. Stablemate of runner-up and wore a hood. Slowly away, settled back of the pack but only 3L off the lead. Tracked stablemate into the race, given full bore inside 2f and worked home nicely up the hill. Like the breeding on this one, follow.

Noble Manners - Apr 22, €38k yearling (€14k foal). Slow into stride and urged along to keep up. Made her move down centre of the track alongside Ziarah. Didn't show quite as much acceleration and De Sousa didn't push her hard in final stages. Nice enough run.

Queen of Kalahari - Feb 25, £15k yearling. Trainer in form but drifted from 6s to 8s, probably as a result of strong support for winner. Jumped well to sit on the pace, looked to challenge at 2f but others found more. Eased when beaten, didn't finish far away considering she wasn't pushed out.

On A Roll - Mar 5, €6800 yearling. Began well, rider elected to take cover behind the leader, and didn't see clear space until the leader kicked away. Didn't do much when that gap opened, just a fair run.

Cherubic - Mar 3, €85k yearling. Slow to begin. Settled on the rail in close proximity to the winner. Couldn't go with her inside 2f and weakened up the hill.

Mraseel - Mar 27, £62k yearling. Jumped well, straight onto the contested lead. First to come under pressure at halfway and dropped away quickly.

KEY POINTS
Winner looked very handy and expect more from her. A few of those behind her will turned out quite decent as well, Ziarah especially.

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