bet365 Feilden Stakes
Listed, Newmarket 15:00
£50,000 guaranteed,
3yo fillies only,
1m 1f, Class 1   
Wednesday 19th April 2023

1 Canberra Legend 15/2
2 Kolsai 16/1
3 Killybegs Warrior 25/1
9 ran Distances: ½l, ¾l, 2¾l
Time: 1m 56.24s (slow by 7.24s)

The James Ferguson-trained son of Australia created a deep impression when winning at Newcastle on debut, but this was a marked step up in class for just his second racecourse appearance.

Settled in mid-division as Charlie Johnston’s Killybegs Warrior led the field along, he was one of four to pull away from the pack as the race began to develop inside the final quarter of a mile.

In fact it looked as if Kolsai would provide Roger Varian with back-to-back victories in the Listed contest as Canberra Legend got lost heading into the dip. But as he hit the rising ground, the 15-2 shot found top gear and was keeping on strongly to take down Kolsai deep inside the final furlong.

Owned by Bon Ho – who enjoyed plenty of success alongside the Kremlin Cottage handler with Deauville Legend last term – Canberra Legend holds Classic entries in both the Qipco 2000 Guineas and the Betfred Derby, with QuinnBet going 20-1 from 50s for the Epsom contest on June 4.

Trainers Quotes

Although a next port of call is still to be decided, Ferguson hinted a return to the Rowley Mile on Coronation day may come too soon, with York’s Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes on May 18 an alternative option.

Ferguson said: “He was quite inexperienced coming into the race, so I was delighted with how professional he was when the gates opened. From that wide draw he had every opportunity to be a bit keen and free, but he settled into the race really well.

“I thought he was given a lovely ride and from the jockey’s actions it looked like Dan was pretty happy the whole way, so I’m absolutely thrilled.

“He always has a been a big type, but he did show his class at two. We all made a decision to leave him and let him develop over the winter and that run at Newcastle and today showed he does have the ability that he’d shown us at home.

“I think he will definitely get further in time. Whether the Guineas is unlikely or not, I can’t say that without talking to the owner.

“He’s in the Guineas and the Dante. I think we have to see how he comes out of the race, the Guineas isn’t that far away. He looks like he wants further, but I have to talk to the owner first.

“We’ve got a lot of options ahead of us and it’s very exciting to have a horse of this calibre.”


bet365 Feilden Stakes (Listed)
£52,000 guaranteed, 3yo only, 1m 1f, Class 1,
9 ran

Going: Good to Soft

1 (1)    Canberra Legend 3 9-2 James Ferguson Daniel Muscutt 15/2
2 (2)
½ Kolsai 3 9-2 Roger Varian David Egan 16/1
3 (6)
¾ Killybegs Warrior 3 9-2 Charlie Johnston Richard Kingscote 25/1
4 (5)
Regal Honour 3 9-2 Charlie Appleby James Doyle 11/2
5 (7)
Bold Act 3 9-2 Charlie Appleby William Buick 15/8F
6 (3)
½ Galactic Jack 3 9-2 Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy 22/1
7 (4)
Intinso 3 9-2 John & Thady Gosden Hollie Doyle 5/1
8 (8)
Blanchland 3 9-2 Jane Chapple-Hyam Marco Ghiani 100/30
9 (9)
7 Captain Wierzba 3 9-2 Ralph Beckett Rossa Ryan 33/1