Tajalla makes a strong impression on his Newmarket debut | Race News

Roger Varian could have a Royal Ascot contender on his hands with Tajalla, who looked like a consummate professional as he recorded a bloodless victory on his debut to win the bet365 British EBF Novice Stakes at Newmarket.

The colt from Kessaar ended the race within a few strides when he was shaken off by Andrea Atzeni and showed good attitude as he galloped to the line.

It’s unusual to see the Carlburg Stables manager running out of two years so early in the campaign, but Varian suggested the 11-8 favorite has always been ahead of the rope and has high hopes for this season.

“He always felt natural, we wouldn’t normally have too many outings in April, but he was very forward for a while.

“I thought he was a bit green today, green in the preliminaries and green in the race, but once he hit the uphill pitch I thought he accelerated very smartly and I I’m very happy with it,” said the coach.

Paddy Power rated the winner at 14-1 for the Norfolk Stakes and it is a possible destination for his exciting youngster, Varian suggesting he is in no rush to get on the trip.

“There’s no rush to step up the travel, he’ll be quicker and more precise for today’s race and he doesn’t feel slow. You’d just like to hope he’s a two-year-old above average at the start of the season.

“He’s bred for speed and bred to be a two-year-old. We’ll see how he does and I don’t think he needs to go beyond five furlongs at the moment. is an exciting juvenile and I hope is the type of horse that brings us to Royal Ascot,” Varian added.

Another horse that could have a date with Royal Ascot is the Charlie Hills Tuscan, which came home to the stands to win the bet365 British EBF Conditions Stakes.

The Churchill colt, owned by John and Jess Dance, has bounced back well after a disappointing public outing in the fall and the Jersey Stakes could be an option for the three-year-old, who struck at 11-2.

“He’s a real tough, genuine horse and maybe his experience won him the race there. They’re good horses that we’ve beaten and it’s his first race of the year so it’s is an encouraging start.

“He hated the pitch at Pontefract (in October) and it was good to have fast pitch today.

“He’ll probably get a mile although we can stay at that trip. So we’ll probably try to find a Listed race, maybe the King Charles on Guineas weekend, then the Jersey Stakes might be the races we’re looking at,” declared the winning coach.

Out From Under finally got a “1” next to its name in the first Alex Scott Memorial Stakes race.

The colt trained by Roger and Harry Charlton was somewhat unlucky in his two-year-old season, demoted to the stewards’ room after crossing the line ahead at Ffos Las and then battling a nose on his last start of the season at Redcar.

There was nothing more to chance this time though, with Richard Kingscote moving strongly into the race at a moderate pace and putting the race to bed clinically inside the final furlong.

Harry Charlton said: “It’s nice to get the win after losing a few in the steward’s room last year.

“He could be one for the Silver Bowl Handicap in Haydock, up to a furlong, a fast mile, something like that, a nice prize. But there are no specific plans.

“He’s bred to stay a little longer than that, but he’s a strong colt, so we wanted to start at seven, when he could have gone a mile. If he stays beyond a mile , we will see.”

The winner was raised by co-owner Luca Cumani and when asked what it was like to train for such a renowned name in the sport, Charlton admitted he felt some nerves to finally get a win on the board with Out From Under.

“Now it was a bit different, Sara (Cumani) was down two weeks ago and cleaning the boxes was like preparing for a royal visit,” he added.




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