Owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, Sharja Queen put aside a disappointing run on very firm ground in the Upavon Stakes to run out a convincing winner of the £50,000 prize, defying a mark of 102 in a ten-strong field of good-quality fillies.
The daughter of Pivotal sat mid-division under Andrea as the early pace was no more than even, but she moved well onto the heels of the leaders entering the Dip before taking the lead meeting the rising ground.
The margin at the line was a length and a quarter to Malmoosa in second with Haggle a further length and three quarters adrift in third.
Roger said: “Sharja Queen appreciates it on the quicker side, but the ground was simply too fast for her at Salisbury in August. She has shown her class here and she should be able to make her mark in stakes company on this evidence.”
Andrea was able to keep his purple patch rolling when showing confidence and patience in abundance aboard Tiercel at Windsor on Monday.
Prince A A Faisal’s son of Olden Times was making his handicap debut off a mark 82 having landed a Kempton maiden 12 days ago, but he was dealt a difficult hand by the draw machine at Weatherbys, being forced to break from the widest stall in 14.
Dropped in by Andrea to sit three from the rear passing through half way, Tiercel was forced to challenge wide as traffic problems materialised in the home straight.
However, Andrea proved ice-cool as always, riding the horse like he possesses plenty of class, and his patience was rewarded as Tiercel led close home to get up by a head.
Roger said: “Tiercel is an improving sort who was worth more than the bare margin here. Andrea gave him a lovely ride to overcome the wide draw and he is lovely prospect for next year. He should get further in time, too.”