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Just The Judge Holds Court in Rockfel

1 Just The Judge 6/1
2 Nargys 5/1
3 Desert Blossom 12/1
11 ran Distances: 1¾l, 1l, ¾l
TIME 1m 25.15s (slow by 2.45s)

Dubai Future Champions Day 2012 provided some outstanding two-year-old performances and Just The Judge became the third horse to preserve an unbeaten record when she registered a gutsy length and three quarters success in the Group Two Rockfel Stakes.

Just The Judge
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Just The Judge

Partnered by Michael Hills, the 6/1 chance found plenty in the closing stages to repel the challenge of Nargys.

Winning trainer Charlie Hills said: “She won like a nice filly and Michael said she still had another gear.

“She has gone away again when she hit the rising ground.

“She has gone in her coat and had a bad scope following her last run and we had thought of not running today, but I am delighted we decided to give it one more go.

“It helps enormously to have a filly in the yard like her going into the winter.”

Ladbrokes introduced Just The Judge into the betting for the 2013 QIPCO 1000 Guineas at 20/1 while she is 16/1 (from 25/1) with MansionBet .

David Redvers, bloodstock advisor to joint-winning owners Qatar Racing Limited, said: “This filly has a lovely pedigree. She has size, scope and is bred to improve.”

Redvers also had news of Hydrogen (a Galileo half-brother to the 2007 Derby winner Authorized), the 2.5 million guineas sales-topper at Tattersalls this week who Redvers purchased on behalf of Qatar Racing.

He continued: “The colt has gone to Tweenhills Stud and will be broken in by the former jump jockey Graham McCourt.

“There will be a yearling parade for the Sheikhs on November 18 when it will be announced who will train the horse. Someone is going to look scared and happy at the same time!” Rockfel Stakes (Fillies' Group 2)
£60,000 added, 2yo only, 7f, Class 1
11 ran
Going: Good to Soft

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Just The Judge
C Hills
M Hills
8st 12lbs
6 - 1
L M Cumani
K Fallon
8st 12lbs
5 - 1
1 3/4 length
Desert Blossom
M Al Zarooni
M Barzalona
8st 12lbs
12 - 1
1 length
Melody Of Love
Mrs A Duffield
L Dettori
8st 12lbs
15 - 2
3/4 length
W J Haggas
Kelly Harrison
8st 12lbs
50 - 1
R Hannon
R Hughes
8st 12lbs
14 - 1
1 length
J S Bolger
K J Manning
8st 12lbs
5 - 1
1/2 length
Gift From Heaven
D Wachman
W M Lordan
8st 12lbs
11 - 4
Go Angellica
D M Simcock
William Buick
8st 12lbs
25 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
Annie's Fortune
A P Jarvis
Jim Crowley
8st 12lbs
11 - 1
1 1/2 length
C E Brittain
T P Queally
8st 12lbs
28 - 1
1/2 length


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Nargys, a Lawman filly who was sold to John Warren on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum for 125,000euros at the Goffs Orby sale last year, stepped up in class to take second, beaten one-and-three-quarter lengths.

Nargys, who had previously run in maidens and been second in the Carrie Red Handicap at Doncaster last time out, pleased her trainer Luca Cumani, who said: “She ran very well - she was a bit unlucky because she couldn’t come out when she wanted to. She had a couple of horses in front of her bringing her back whilst the winner went clear, then when she got a gap she flew. I am delighted with her.

“That will be it for this year but it would be nice to think she will be a QIPCO 1000 Guineas filly.”

Mickael Barzalona, who rode third placed Desert Blossom for trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni, said afterwards: “She ran well and has improved after each race. I am happy and think she will win a Group race.”

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