Owned by Cheveley Park Stud, the daughter of Starspangledbanner had legitimate excuses in Group company on her previous two starts, and she appreciated the return to this course and distance having won at the July Meeting last summer.

Settled towards the rear of the field in the early stages by Harry Bentley, Spangled was brought with a sustained challenge inside the two-furlong marker. While it briefly looked as if she would be forced to settle for minor honours, as the Richard Hannon-trained Bahaarah proved a threat on the far side, our filly stuck on gamely to lead on the line.

This was an impressive weight-carrying performance, with Spangled defying the welter burden of ten stone against a field that included a number of improving three-year-olds.

Roger said: “Seven furlongs on fast ground really seems to suit Spangled and she has done it well today. She was giving away plenty of weight all round, but she showed a tremendous attitude and appears to still be improving. The return to Group company will be on the agenda at some stage this season.”