Owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, San Donato quickened clear in taking fashion to record a second success in novice company on Thursday evening, supplementing his victory at Haydock with a wide-margin personal best under Andrea Atzeni.
Sitting midfield through the early stages of the six-furlong contest, San Donato still had a couple of lengths to make up on the Mick Channon-trained Converter approaching the final furlong but he scooted clear when Andrea pressed the button inside the last, winning by four and a half lengths in taking fashion.
On Saturday, the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned Qabala made a winning introduction when getting up in the shadows of the post to nail the Ralph Beckett-trained Desirous in the seven-furlong fillies’ maiden at Newmarket.
A juvenile from the final crop of the late Scat Daddy, Qabala showed signs of her inexperience under Silvestre De Sousa in the early stages, but she really got herself organised when meeting the rising ground and came with sustained late challenge to secure the spoils by a head.
A $300,000 foal from the family of US Grade 2 winner Flimbi and high-class race-mare turned brood-mare Flute, Qabala looks a filly with a future and she ought to stay at least a mile next season.
Roger said: “San Donato is a progressive colt who showed a bright turn of foot at Kempton and he looks exciting. So too does Qabala, who did well to concede experience and first-run on the runner-up and she could be anything at this stage.”