Almost 600 miles separated the two winners, but both were impressive performances by upwardly-mobile fillies who look capable of improving further next season.
Owned by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, Dawn Of Hope was winning for the first time at stakes level following a string of creditable performances this season, most notably when fourth in the Listed Gillies Fillies’ Stakes at Doncaster earlier in the month.
Switched to the all-weather for this three-year-old only contest and partnered for the first time by Maxime Guyon, the daughter of Mastercraftsman powered away up the Deauville home straight for a ready one-length success, beating the consistent Endless Summer and the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained favourite Magnolea.
Roger said: “Dawn Of Hope has run well on firm ground the last twice and she appreciated the switch to a synthetic surface here. Her form is good, she is lightly-raced, and she would not look out of place in Group company next season.”
Half an hour earlier, Shenanigans relished the drop back to seven furlongs when breaking her maiden at the third time of asking in the fillies-only median auction.
Owned by Ann Black, Mohammed Al Qatami and Khalid Al Mudhaf, the daughter of Arcano has twice run well over a mile at Kempton, but she travelled with real verve under Jack Mitchell here, settling matters inside the two-furlong marker before careering away for a comfortable three and three quarter-length success.
Roger said: “Shenanigans has improved with each run and she looks a useful filly in the making. Given her size and scope, I hope she will prove an even better proposition next season.”
Congratulations to both sets of connections.