Fielding maintains unbeaten record in Group 2 Rockfel
Commissioning (7-2) picked up two wins from as many starts in recording a comfortable win in today’s Group Two Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Rockfel Stakes seven-staple match at Newmarket.
Bred at home by owners Abdulla Al-Khalifa and Isa Salman, the Kingman filly had won in style on her seven furlong debut on the July course at the end of July. She became the third winner of the Rockfel Stakes for trainer John Gosden, who now trains in partnership with his son Thady, after 1000 Guineas heroine Lahan in 1999 and Juliet Capulet in 2017.
In today’s competition, the commissioning chose the leader Bamby’s Rage entering the final furlong and stayed well under Rab Havlin to fend off Electric Eyes’ late challenge for a smooth two- and three-quarter-length hit.
John Gosden said: “We wanted to give her some time after that (early on the July course) as she was growing and she’s not a big, heavy, sturdy filly. She has been training well up to this race and we were thinking of waiting for this race rather than going to May Hill.
“We are delighted with her. She is owned by an owner-breeder Isa Salman and he owned the mare and he had her with us. It’s always very exciting to buy a mare, and she ran, she ran in a Ribblesdale and finished seventh, and then she produces something so quickly like that it’s very rewarding for an owner-breeder.
“Frankie was surprised (on her debut) because he said he couldn’t pull her up because she went all the way to the very end and it was fast. She was just starting to roll from a furrow to go, and it was kind of the same today, she met the rising ground and flew in. The July course is much easier for the horse to handle and there are some reasons why that.
“It (the Group One bet365 Fillies’ Mile on October 8 in Newmarket) is coming fast but she doesn’t have to run again. It’s close to home and we’re not traveling across the country. country. If she’s happy and healthy, we could examine her. She’ll get that mile. There’s also an invitation to the Breeders’ Cup. We did that before going to Del Mar with a filly that won (Juliet Capulet) She didn’t stay a mile but this one will.
Rab Havlin added: “She traveled beautiful today. Between three and two, I had to wake her up a bit and almost got in trouble for getting there too early, so I just sat there at the two poles.
“When she picked up it was pretty immediate and I felt a little lonely up front. She would stay a mile no problem this filly. I ride her a lot at home and we always thought she was finishing her job strong. She can be busy in the morning but is uncomplicated at races She can be a bit impatient at gallops but after half a yard she is a pretty push button.
“The boss and Thady give the horses time when they need it. It seemed like she needed time, so we just fired her and took her back last month. The rewards show themselves.
Karl Burke, coach of the finalist Electric eyes, said: “She’s a very good filly and that’s why we came here. She is a potentially classy filly and she proved it today. She got a little sandwiched coming out of the Danny (Tudhope) stalls and we didn’t want to be that far.
“She’s a pretty keen traveling horse and she always wants a bit of cover. There’s a lot of improvement in her. I’d say we’re not racing anymore. She’s an inexperienced filly but she’s a big filly raw and at this time of year I don’t want to roll it back quickly and we’re running out of options.
“Group Three (Oh So Sharp Stakes) in two weeks will come too quickly but I haven’t looked beyond that. Why not (think 1000 Guineas). The horse that finished second last year hasn’t too badly done at the 1000 Guineas (Cachet) She is a good filly and a progressive filly.
Eve Johnson Houghton, who saddled the third Rage Of Bamby, said: “She finished third in a group two which was great, but I really think she was the second best horse in the race.
“I think she had been mellowed by the winner and the second horse came for her. We might have to bring her back on the trip because she cooked them all a yard and I’m not sure she stayed 100% in this company.
By Graham Clark – Jockey Club Press Release
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