Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Rockfel Stakes
Group 2, Newmarket 15:00
£100,000 guaranteed,
2yo fillies only,
7f, Class 1   
Friday 29th September 2023


1 Carla's Way 7/2
2 Shuwari 13/8F
3 Ylang Ylang 5/2
6 ran NR: Alshinfarah , Marcella
Distances: 2¼l, 2½l, ¾l Time: 1m 23.01s (slow by 0.11s)

Simon and Ed Crisford’s Carla’s Way cruised past the trailblazing Spiritual between the final two furlongs and was always doing enough under a masterful James Doyle ride to stay clear of the fast-finishing Shuwari.

The daughter of Starspangledbanner was eighth in the Albany at Royal Ascot after a Doncaster debut win and then finished second to Darnation in the Prestige at Goodwood following a wind operation.

This was another big step in the right direction for the winner and connections will now consider a trip to the Breeders' Cup in Santa Anita.

“She did it really well, I think the fractions early on were pretty strong so all credit to her for picking up well,” a delighted Simon Crisford told ITV Racing. 

“I think she was slightly running on empty the last hundred yards, so that’s probably as far as she wants to go trip wise.

“I think the Filles’ Mile back here in two weeks might just be stretching her stamina too much, but a quick two-turn mile at the Breeders’ Cup in California might be OK, as this was a win-and-you’re-in race.”

Shuwari was two and a quarter lengths back in second, with Ylang Ylang staying on for third.


Rockfel Stakes (Fillies' Group 2)
£100,000 guaranteed, 2yo only, 7f, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Good to Firm

1 (1)     Carla's Way 2 9-2 Simon & Ed Crisford James Doyle 7/2
2 (6)
Shuwari 2 9-2 Ollie Sangster Oisin Murphy 13/8F
3 (2)
  Ylang Ylang 2 9-2 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 5/2
4 (5)
¾ Spiritual 2 9-2 John & Thady Gosden Kieran Shoemark 12/1
5 (7)
¾ Zenjabeela 2 9-2 Roger Varian David Egan 18/1
6 (4)
Carolina Reaper 2 9-2 Charlie Johnston Jack Mitchell 14/1
NR 1 (8) Alshinfarah 2 9-2 Kevin Philippart De Foy NON RUNNER
NR 4 (3) Marcella 2 9-2 Andrew Balding NON RUNNER