She’s a very, very good filly

First Group winner for Frankel

Fair Eva became Frankel's first Group winner on Saturday (23rd July) with an impressive four-length victory in the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes Gr.3.

Taken from European Bloodstock News, 24th July 2016:

Fair Eva kept her unbeaten record intact with a hugely impressive display in the Gr.3 Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes. The chesnut daughter of Frankel made quite an impression on her racecourse debut at Haydock Park last month and the subsequent victories of both the second, Nations Alexander (Dark Angel), and the third, Miss Infinity (Rock Of Gibraltar), confirmed her place as ante-post favourite for next year’s Gr.1 1,000 Guineas.

Roger Charlton’s filly stepped up to Gr.3 level in the hands of Frankie Dettori and those who took the prohibitive odds had few worries throughout the six-furlong heat. Dettori cut a confident figure in the saddle, with the popular Italian still motionless heading inside the final two furlongs. Once asked to extend, Fair Eva displayed an impressive change of gear to leave the rest of the field trailing in her wake and she only had to be pushed out to score by four lengths, providing Frankel with his first Group race winner. Kilmah, by another first season sire Sepoy, filled the runner-up spot, just ahead of Dainty Dandy (Dandy Man) in third.

Dettori said: “She’s a very, very good filly. It took her 50 yards to get into top gear, but once she got into top gear at the furlong marker she put four lengths on the field. It’s only her second run, so she’s a work in progress. When the penny dropped, she was very exciting.”

Charlton said: “I’m so pleased for Prince Khalid [Abdullah, owner]. He bred a great racehorse in Frankel. It brought a lot of people into racing and it’s just tremendous that his progeny are doing so well. That was a huge performance, I thought. She’s got that very professional way about her, she’s a great walker and a great mover. Sometimes people say chesnut fillies can get a bit hot and bothered, but this filly has always been really good. She’s a charming character to deal with and goes about her business like a real pro.

“I think it’s important to talk to connections first (before making plans). She is entered in the Moyglare [Curragh, 11th September). She clearly will get seven furlongs and hopefully a mile in due course.“

Prince Khalid’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said the Gr.2 Lowther Stakes at York next month could also be “an option” for Fair Eva.

Bred by Juddmonte Farms, she is out of the Gr.1 Haydock Park Sprint Cup winner African Rose (Observatory), a full-sister to the Gr.3 Prix d’Aumale winner and Gr.1-placed Helleborine, out of a Gr.3-placed half-sister to the Gr.1 Dewhurst Stakes winner and sire Distant Music (Distant View).

Image from @RogerCharlton

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