Sea Of Class emerged as a possible Classic contender with an impressive victory in the Haras De Bouquetot Fillies’ Trial Stakes at Newbury.
The William Haggas-trained daughter of Sea The Stars, who holds entries in the Investec Oaks and Ribblesdale Stakes, stepped up on her debut a month ago when she was a promising second.
James Doyle had Sea Of Class (9-4) towards the rear until asking her for a move from three furlongs.
She laid down a challenge to Athena in the final quarter-mile and gained the upper hand in the final furlong to win by two lengths. The leading pair pulled five lengths clear of Crystal Hope in third place.
“She is a very nice filly. She is a bit of a character and she can kick and buck,” said Haggas’ wife and assistant, Maureen.
“She has been brilliant today, but she can be quite aggressive. She has improved a lot for her first run.
“Dancing Rain got beat in this race and won the Oaks (in 2011). I think she is bit short on experience (for the Oaks). In an ideal world you would like to give her a bit more time and be kind to her.
“She has got a bit of a mind on her and we would not want to upset her. All that hoo-ha at Epsom – whether she would quite make that I’m not sure and it’s only in two weeks’ time.
“Maybe she will go to Ascot, we will see what the owner wants to do.”