Elasia continues her progress at Kempton

Thu 09 Aug 2018

ELASIA produced a strong-staying performance to make it two wins from two starts when landing the 1m4f fillies’ novice under an enterprising ride by Andrea Atzeni at Kempton on Wednesday evening.

Owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, Elasia accounted for subsequent winner Ben Vrackie when breaking her maiden at Newcastle last month and she built on that form considerably here, seeing off the 79-rated Hameem by four lengths despite shouldering a 7lb penalty.

While the margin of victory was comfortable in the end, Andrea was alert to the possibility of a tactical race undoing the filly, making a sweeping mid-race move down the back straight to inject some tempo into a contest that had been steadily run for the first seven furlongs.

Elasia subsequently took up the running just after the home bend and she stretched further clear inside the final quarter mile, positing a performance that is likely to rank in the low 90s from a handicapping perspective and completing a good week for three-year-old staying fillies by Nathaniel following on from the G2 Lillie Langtry success of stable companion Pilaster at Goodwood last week.

A 200,000 guineas purchase from Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Elasia is a half-sister to the Listed Ballymacoll Stud Stakes winner Elas Ruby, while she is out of a Listed-placed half-sister to G2 Doncaster Cup winner Pallasator, so she is bred to come into her own tackling extreme tests and another two furlongs are likely to prove well within her grasp.

Roger said: “Elasia is a straightforward filly who stays well and possesses a good mind. She might be ready for a step up in class after this and I think she will be an even better horse on turf.”

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