Final Song makes striking impression on Ascot debut

Albany Stakes at the Royal meeting favoured over Queen Mary

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A return to Ascot for the Royal meeting is on the cards for Final Song after she blitzed the opposition in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained youngster was sent off a 5-2 chance under Oisin Murphy in a field reduced to six by five non-runners.

Always travelling smoothly, when the Dark Angel filly was asked to go and win the race she fairly sprinted clear, bolting up by five lengths from Mrs Flanders.

Despite initial quotes from bookmakers streaming in for the Queen Mary over five furlongs, Bin Suroor feels she will be even better suited to an extra furlong.

He said: “She was impressive. She’s always worked well in the morning and has shown plenty of class at home.

“This was her first day out and we had a question mark about the ground, as it was soft, but she handled it well and showed a good turn of foot.

“I think she wants six furlongs and nice ground – we’re thinking Royal Ascot, I think it will be the Albany.”

John Gosden ran two in the Karen Millen Maiden Stakes over a mile and a half, with both Swift Wing and Kesia unraced.

Frankie Dettori rode Swift Wing, from the family of Sariska, but it was Kesia and Rab Havlin who made a winning debut.

The 7-1 chance quickened up to go by odds-on favourite Cape Cavalli impressively two out, eventually winning by a length and a half with Swift Wing in third.

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