Ibraz and Lashabeeh also secured a double for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum with their victories at Sandown and Leicester respectively, while a maiden success for Queen Of Desire was an important triumph for owner-breeder Steve Parkin, who bred the daughter of Dubawi out of his G3 Prix de Saint-Georges winner Beyond Desire.
A winner of a median auction novice at Nottingham last month, Ibraz made a successful transition to handicapping off an opening mark of 86 with a determined success under Jim Crowley, proving well positioned in the early stages on a card whereby it was difficult to make up any significant ground from the rear before battling on gamely up the hill to repel the renewed challenge of long-time leader Gossip Column by a neck.
The son of Farhh has now won two of his four starts, progressing with each outing, and he looks capable of improving through the ranks across the course of the summer.
Similar comments also apply to Lashabeeh, who broke a string of second-place finishes with a maiden success in the six-furlong handicap at Leicester under Dane O’Neill.
The son of Acclamation had occupied the runner-up spot in all three of his completed racecourse starts, but he showed a good attitude to get the better of the Richard Hannon-trained Wafeer, who carried the seconds colours of the owner, by half a length having been produced to challenge two furlongs from home.
Roger said: “Both Ibraz and Lashabeeh are likeable colts who are going the right way. Neither can be unduly punished by the handicapper for their victories this afternoon and I hope both can continue improve over the course of the year.”
Last but by no means least, pocked rocket Queen Of Desire simply blew away her rivals with an eight-length success in the five-furlong novice at Bath to get proceedings underway earlier in the day.
Having finished fourth at the course over virtually a furlong further at the beginning of the month, Queen Of Desire appreciated this return to the minimum trip, travelling powerfully under Jack Mitchell before scooting clear in the closing stages to break her maiden over the same course and distance where her dam secured Listed honours six years ago.
Roger said: “Queen Of Desire is all speed and while this race was a modest contest that fell apart from half-way, she could do no more than win as she did. We might try and get some black-type with her.”