Daayeh could be Albany-bound following winning start at Newmarket

‘We think she is a nice filly’

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Roger Varian pointed towards an outing at Royal Ascot for Daahyeh after she made an encouraging racecourse debut in the Betway British EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes at Newmarket.

Anchored near the rear of the field early on in the six-furlong prize, the daughter of Bated Breath cruised to the head of affairs before pulling smartly clear to score by a length and three-quarters.

In doing so she earned an 8-1 quote for the Albany Stakes with Betway.

Varian, speaking from Newbury, said of the 3-1 winner: “We think she is a nice filly and she had been working nicely before running. We were going there hoping for a good run and she learnt as she went through the race.

“Only time will tell how good she is, but she could be a Royal Ascot filly for the Albany.”

Pam Sly enjoyed her finest moment at the Rowley Mile back in 2006 when Speciosa claimed the 1000 Guineas and Dazzling Dan (5-1) provided her with more success at the track with victory in the Betway Handicap.

After being caught close home by Moraawed on his seasonal return at Doncaster, the Dandy Man gelding turned the tables on that horse and denied bottom weight Dominus by a neck to complete a double on the day for jockey David Probert.

Sly said: “He didn’t see Moraawed come the other side of him the other day and he (Adam Kirby) said he would have picked up again, which he has done today.

“He is a breeze-up horse I bought off Roger Marley and I have to thank him for that.

“They (owners) have been offered a lot of money to go out to Hong Kong and they said they wanted to keep him and have a bit of fun.

“He has got a great attitude and a very good mind which always helps. He is easy to train.

“I think we will go to the race at York with him (Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap). It just depends what the handicapper does.”

Marco Botti has been slow to reach full stride this season, but Pettifogger (3-1) made it three winners from as many runners this week for the Newmarket handler when obliging by a neck in the Betway Heed Your Hunch Handicap.

Botti said: “He came from Italy and had good form there. He was third in the Italian 2000 Guineas. He was probably too high in the handicap and he just needed gelding. He is just a handful and is quite strong.

“I thought it was a very good run at Lingfield when he finished second just over two weeks ago and I thought the track would suit him here. This week we have had three winners from three runners.”

Stamina is clearly the forte of Happy Hiker (9-2), who enjoyed her first start over a mile and a half to open her account with a three-and-a-half-length victory in the Betway Fillies’ Novice Stakes.

Winning trainer Michael Bell said: “He (Sir Edmund Loder, owner) would be happy as she is a home-bred filly and is a nice staying filly to look forward to. The further she goes, the better.

“That was a good run at Wetherby behind Fanny Logan who ran well in the Cheshire Oaks. I think we will go for a little fillies’ handicap and work our way up the ladder. She could be one for the Aphrodite Stakes on the July Course.”

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