Thak shines in Rockfel
Al Thakhira stepped up on her Yarmouth debut success to run out a convincing winner of the Group Two Vision.ae Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket.
The 5-1 shot, trained by Marco Botti, was always travelling well for Martin Harley as Thewandafou set the pace.
Once Harley pressed the button, Al Thakhira went clear to score by three and a quarter lengths from Blockade with Valonia third and the odds-on favourite Lightning Thunder only fourth.
Botti said: "She won her maiden at Yarmouth and we thought quite a lot of her, but with stepping up to seven furlongs, the question was whether she would get the trip.
"She's a straightforward filly. She doesn't seem to have grown much so she's probably set. The questions for next year would be whether she will train on and get further.
"The owner is keen to go to the Breeders' Cup. We will see how she comes out of the race and we won't rule it out, but it could be premature."