Shadwell Rockfel Stakes
Group 2, Newmarket 15:05
£100,000 added,
2yo fillies only,
7f, Class 1  
Friday 25th September 2015


1 Promising Run 5/1
2 Thetis 7/1
3 Hawksmoor 11/8F
7 ran Distances: 1¾l, 2¾l, 1l
TIME 1m 23.55s (slow by 1.05s)

Promising Run denies the challenge of Ryan Moore and Thetis to land the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes under James Doyle

Promising Run
© Racehorse Photos

Promising Run

Saeed bin Suroor's Godolphin filly was sent off a 5-1 shot after a comfortable victory on her second start on the July Course last month and sat second for much of the seven-furlong journey as the keen-going Flying Empress blazed a trail.

When the latter weakened entering the final furlong, Promising Run quickened up to lead and although the Ryan Moore-ridden Thetis briefly threatened to go by, Doyle's mount found extra and was well on top as she passed the post a length and three-quarters to the good.

Hot favourite Hawksmoor plugged on to finish third without ever threatening to land a telling blow.

Doyle said: "She's got plenty of ability. She ran a nice race at Goodwood over six and stepped up on that the next day.

"We were quite hopeful. She felt quite nice when she broke her maiden and we know she stays quite well.

"She's a strong galloper and has got a good staying pedigree."

Bin Suroor said: "We like her a lot and I think the mile will be better for her in the future.

"I think the mile will be better for her early in the season in May, but I think in time she could go a mile and a quarter.

"She is entered in the Fillies' Mile but that is in two weeks. We will talk to Sheikh Mohammed and decide if we take her to Dubai or keep her here. If she goes to Dubai she would go for the UAE Guineas and Oaks."

Sir Michael Stoute, trainer of runner-up Thetis, said: "I was really pleased with her. She's a nice progressive filly with great scope.

"She really upped her game. I will not run her on bad ground and it's odds against her having another run this year because of that."

Hugo Palmer, responsible for third-placed Hawksmoor, said: "Newmarket is a front-runner's track. There is a very strong tailwind today, so it was going to be hard to make up ground.

"The leader in blinkers (Flying Empress) went off like a scalded cat and I wanted to sit second where James Doyle was.

"It's very difficult in these conditions for the circumstances of the race to change at this time of year.

"She's run OK. She's finished third in a Group Two and it was probably a step forward.

"If she's in good form she might go for the Fillies' Mile. Hopefully the ground will be softer and will be right up her street. She will stay at least a mile and a quarter."


Shadwell Rockfel Stakes (Fillies' Group 2)
£100,000 added, 2yo only, 7f, Class 1
7 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (7) Promising Run (USA) 5/1 James Doyle
S bin Suroor 2
2nd (5) Thetis (IRE) 7/1 R L Moore
Sir Michael Stoute 2
3rd (3) Hawksmoor (IRE) 11/8f Harry Bentley
H Palmer 2
4th (6) 1 Flying Empress 20/1 Andrea Atzeni
R M Beckett 2
5th (1) ¾ Great Page (IRE) 7/1 S M Levey
R Hannon 2
6th (4) 2 Doubly Motivated (IRE) 9/2 Jim Crowley
C Hills 2
7th (2) ½ Justice Angel (IRE) 16/1 S De Sousa
D R C Elsworth 2

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