Owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, Jumira Bridge supplemented his facile Brighton maiden success 13 days ago with a career-best effort in this traditionally-warm handicap, landing the spoils by half a length having travelled powerfully under Andrea Atzeni.
The son of Invincible Spirit, who shaped promisingly in a trio of hot juvenile contests last year, recovered from a tardy start to track the leaders and he made no mistake when the gap arrived a furlong from home, powering up the hill to collar long-time leader Queen In Waiting before proving firmly on top at the line.
Roger said: “Jumira Bridge has bags of pace and I liked the way he travelled here. This looked a good race on paper beforehand and to win as he did having made a mess of the start suggests he is a horse with some potential.”
A little over half an hour later, Serenada crossed the line in front to open her account at the second time of asking, although the judge was required to split her and newcomer Apphia in what proved a thrilling finish.
Owned by Mr Nurlan Bizakov, Serenada shaped nicely when finishing third over a mile on her sole start at two and she relished the extra quarter mile here, lengthening up the hill to hold off Apphia by the narrowest of margins.
An Azamour sister to Group 2 Musidora winner Liber Nauticus, Serenada is now likely to step up into stakes company.
Roger said: “Serenada is a lovely filly who will improve both mentally and physically for this win. She will stay 1m4f in time and given she holds an entry in the Oaks, I suspect we will look for a suitable trial as her next port of call.”