Qawaasem can turn tables on Lamar in Star Stakes
Qawaasem was only third behind Lamar on her racecourse debut but there are good reasons for believing that she can turn the tables on her conqueror. She was slowly away and it took a while for her to realise what was required of her before staying on strongly into third.
The daughter of Shamardal was a very different proposition next time out at Newmarket where she was well placed throughout before winning a tussle with Valonia by half a length. The runner-up holds an entry in the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes whilst Qawaasem’s entries include the Shadwell Fillies Mile.
She is bred to relish this step up to seven furlongs and Charlie Hills is hopeful that he has another Group class filly in his hands. Just The Judge almost gave the fledgling trainer victory in the 1000 Guineas before gaining handsome compensation in the Irish equivalent.
Lamar is entitled to plenty of respect and made all of the running to deny Artistic Charm by a neck. That followed a promising debut run and James Tate is hopeful of another big run today.
Lamar is also quite stoutly bred so Neil Callan will probably have her racing prominently from the start. There are several other nice fillies in this contest including the Godolphin pair of Feedyah and Majeyda.
A little more was expected from Majeyda in the Listed race won by Fig Roll here last month. She was sent off favourite in a very competitive race but faded in the closing stages to finish fifth. She may appreciate the extra furlong here and cannot be discounted.
Feedyah won a modest looking maiden on Kempton’s all-weather surface quite comfortably over this trip and is an unknown quantity. Mickael Barzalona presumably had the choice and has elected to ride Majeyda.
The Hannon and Hughes combination team up with Ligeia who has won her last two starts at Newbury and Kempton. The daughter of Rail Link won without having to exert herself too much last time and is another to consider.
Marco Botti’s Rasheeda disappointed at Royal Ascot but connections are hopeful that a slight ease in the ground will see an improved performance. Lady Lydia and Ifrika complete the eight-runner field with the race due off at 3.05 on Thursday.