Rockfel Stakes: Breeders’ Cup option as fielding impresses for John and Thady Gosden’s side | Race News


The fielder shot to the top of the ante-post lists for next year’s 1000 Guineas after maintaining his unbeaten record in the Group Two Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket.

Kingman’s daughter was apparently not well-liked for her July debut over the summer, but could hardly have been more impressive in the hands of Frankie Dettori.

With the popular Italian sidelined by suspension, Rab Havlin took over in the saddle aboard the filly of John and Thady Gosden for her move to group two level and she was a shot 7-2 to make it two On two.

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Frankie Dettori said Commissioning’s performance at Newmarket on his debut took him by surprise

Still traveling heavily, Commissioning quickly kicked into high gear once the question was asked and never really looked in danger once out of the chasing pack.

Electric Eyes, another one-time winner who made their winning debut at Thirsk three weeks ago, came home well to take second place, about two lengths and three-quarters behind the winner.

Paddy Power cut the fielding to 6-1 from 16-1 for the 1000 Guineas, making her their second favorite behind Dermot Weld’s Tahiyra at 3-1.

The Gosden runner is market-leading 7-4 (from 7-2) with the same firm to further improve her classic credentials in the Fillies’ Mile back in Newmarket on October 7 – a race won last year by her brilliant stablemate Inspiral. John Gosden said: “We wanted to give her time after her debut because she was growing and she’s not a tough filly.

“She had trained well for this race so we decided to wait for that rather than go to May Hill.

“It’s great for his owner/breeders because they also owned the dam (Sovereign Parade) who raced in the Ribblesdale and then bred this at the start. It’s fulfilling.

“Frankie was surprised with her on her debut, Frankie couldn’t pick her up but she was just starting to go, it was the same today when she hit the ground rising. The extra furlong will help her a lot .

“The Fillies’ Mile is coming up quickly but we’ll see how she does. She doesn’t need to run again but it’s close to home and we wouldn’t have to travel. If she’s happy and healthy, let’s take a look at it.

“Whether we were waiting for the Guineas or considering the Breeders’ Cup invite, which we did with another filly who won (Juliet Capulet) who didn’t stay – this filly certainly will.”




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