Owned by Mr Nurlan Bizakov, Tomyris secured a first victory at Pattern level when landing the G3 Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes under the red-hot Frankie Dettori, while Barsanti displayed a determined attitude to fend off Mirage Dancer and record his first success at Listed level in the Buckhounds Stakes under Andrea Atzeni.
Both victories were thoroughly deserved by two horses who have proved consistent performers in recent times, Barsanti having made the frame in all six starts at stakes level - including an unlucky-in-running second in the G2 Hardwicke Stakes last season - while Tomyris was twice placed in Group Three company in 2017, the soft ground going against her on both occasions.
In the Chartwell, perennial front-runner Lincoln Rocks pinged the gates and grabbed the golden highway under the stand-side rail, with Tomyris travelling beautifully one back and two deep in fourth as the early gallop appeared to be relatively modest.
Produced to lead inside the two-furlong marker, Tomyris made up her ground easily down the centre of the track as the Richard Hannon-trained Tajaanus emerged from the pack to throw down a challenge and Lincoln Rocks fought on bravely off the front end.
However, Frankie’s positive body language told the tale and he always looked in command with a furlong left to run, driving Tomyris out for a comfortable half-length success.
The margin of success was half that at Ascot, Barsanti landing the spoils by a neck, but he also could be called the winner all the way up the home straight having travelled kindly behind the honest early fractions before making his move rounding the final turn.
Mirage Dance threw down a sustained challenge as the front two began to draw away from Salouen back in third, but Barsanti showed plenty of resolution and was never going to be denied on his seasonal reappearance.
Roger said: “I am thankful to Mr Bizakov and Sheikh Mohammed Obaid for keeping both Tomyris and Barsanti in training and I am pleased they have been rewarded for their endeavours.
“Tomyris was a consistent performer last season and she has been pencilled in for this for some time. She enjoyed the better ground and did it well. I suspect she will head to Royal Ascot for the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes.
“Barsanti holds an entry in the Coronation Cup, but he loves Ascot and he could also go back to the Royal Meeting for the Hardwicke. He was unlucky in the race last year and while he didn’t need to reproduce that form to win today, he’ll come on for the run and this was the perfect start to his season.”