Persistent rain and single-figure temperatures created a distinctly autumnal backdrop to an informative card, but Tansholpan gave her owner, Mr Nurlan Bizakov, reason to dream over the winter months when getting the better of an 11-strong field with a tenacious performance in the mile fillies' maiden, these conditions proving particularly testing for juveniles.
A daughter of Dansili from the further family of dual-Derby winner Shahrastani, Tansholpan raced with enthusiasm through the early stages before being produced to challenge on the inside by Andrea Atzeni, with the leaders winding up the tempo fully three furlongs from home.
The experienced Melodic Motion and highly-touted newcomer Sea Tide moved stylishly into contention, but as the leading trio pulled clear of the remainder it was Tansholpan who got the better of the argument, showing a fine attitude to lead inside the last and win by three-quarters of a length.
Roger said: “I thought this looked a good race on paper and Tansholpan impressed me with her attitude. The pace was good throughout and this was a tough test for a two-year-old, particularly a newcomer, but our filly was brave and she looks to have a bright future. She should have no trouble tackling middle-distances next season.”