Three two-year-old debutant winners and three more first time starters beaten a length or less made it a very promising week for the youngsters at Carlburg.
Cabaletta was the first to show her abilities for her owners Cheveley Park Stud, landing an 8f fillies' novice in deep ground at Yarmouth and clearly relishing every yard of the test. Although she did handle the heavy ground very well she also travelled with purpose under David Egan, suggesting that she wouldn't need these kind of conditions to excel in future. Her dam Allegretto was a G1 winner at nearly two miles and she will undoubtedly stay well as a three-year-old and beyond.
After a couple of near misses with Waleydd (Jack Mitchell, 8f Newbury) and the filly Gold Wand (Andrea Atzeni, 8f Doncaster) it was Magnetised who instigated the Friday hat-trick, finishing strongly over 7f on heavy ground at Doncaster to collar a rival with previous experience. A Shamardal colt from Sheikh Mohammed Obaid's family of Dubawi, he will almost certainly get 10f next season and looks a smart prospect.
It was hugely satisfying that the superbly-bred Fooraat could open her account at the first time of asking for Sheikh Ahmed up at Newcastle. A full-sister to triple G1-winner Benbatl out of the mare Nahrain, who Roger trained to win a G1, this filly has any amount of potential improvement in her having shown plenty of ability and an excellent attitude to run down the equally blue-blooded Maria Rosa. It's also worth adding that it was an excellent introductory ride from late call-up James Sullivan.
Of the older horses, it was delightful to get Farnham into the winners' enclosure after she'd been off the track for more than six months since her debut. Andrea delivered a lovely hands-and-heels ride to get her up by a cosy three-quarters-of-a-length for her owners Clipper Logistics and hopefully this is a springboard to her showcasing her obvious talents at a higher level.
Nurlan Bizakov's Qamka falls into a similar bracket ability-wise and did very well to give weight and a beating to Millicent Fawcett over 8f at Newcastle. A half-sister to five black-type performers, Qamka was returning from 134 days off the track having won a mile novice at Newbury in June, the ultimate aim will be to make her number six!