Ambitious plans will now be drawn up for Dame Malliot after she cast her rivals aside in impressive fashion in the Ric And Mary Hambro Aphrodite Stakes at Newmarket.
Having lost her unbeaten record at Chelmsford last time out, the Ed Vaughan-trained three-year-old returned to winning ways in the style of a filly going places as she claimed Listed honours on her first start on turf.
Held up during the early stages of the mile-and-a-half contest the daughter of Champs Elysees steadily worked her way into contention before running out a five-length winner in a course-record time, to initiate a double for jockey Hollie Doyle.
Vaughan said: “I’m delighted with that. I expected her to win first time out and she did, then we went to Chelmsford with a penalty. She behaved badly beforehand – she had never shown anything like that before. Everything went wrong.
“She has been working with the filly that should have won the novice here on Friday night (Ardiente) over the mile and she has been working over her and I really rate that filly. She will be having some really big entries.”
Looking at future plans, the Newmarket feels the Group Two DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster in September would be a perfect fit for his latest star.
He added: “The aim would be Doncaster as Goodwood will come too soon and I don’t think mentally she is ready for that.
“I think she is top class, as the time has shown. The Fillies’ and Mares’ race at Ascot on Champions Day will be the big end-of-year aim.”
The William Stone-trained Gold At Midnight (7-1) completed Doyle’s double when prevailing by three-quarters of a length in the Lynn Cummings Handicap.
Dominic Ffrench Davis identified the bet365 Cambridgeshire as a possible target later in the season for Indeed after he carried top-weight to glory by a length and a quarter in the AFH Wealth Management Handicap.
He said of the 3-1 shot: “We’ve been saying all year he is probably a Group horse. I was bit concerned about coming here – the ground was on the quicker side and he is a horse that likes to get his toe in a little bit.
“He has done nothing wrong all year and is a very nice horse. We would have to look at races in the autumn for him like the Cambridgeshire.
“He caught Liam (Keniry) out a bit, he was so relaxed he gave him a niggle and he jumped on the bridle and almost won too easily.”
Peter Chapple-Hyam could see another horse sent his way by owner William Prosser after Ananya (8-1) hit the target on her second start, pulling away smartly to claim the Lettergold Fillies’ Novice Auction Stakes by four and a half lengths.
Prosser said: “They went fast early on and when they came back to her it was all over. She will not be over-raced this year and we will leave it to Peter to decide what to do next. It was a nice stepping stone.
“It is nice to see them up the gallops going well, but it is nice to see them put it together on the track. I’ve got three with Peter and I might have one more now!”