Fair Eva: did a fair impersonation of her illustrious father at Ascot
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Baxter 10:17AM 24 JUL 2016
ROGER CHARLTON could send the hugely exciting Fair Eva to York along with Time Test, as he revealed the Lowther Stakes could be a target for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas favourite.
Fair Eva delivered arguably the performance of the day on Saturday when spreadeagling the field in the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes, and she was slashed to as short as 3-1 for next season’s Newmarket Classic following the four-length win.
In the immediate aftermath of the victory, the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes was mentioned as a target for the daughter of Frankel, but Charlton is keen to give her another run before then, with the Group 2 Lowther nominated.
Staying a mile
Speaking on At The Races, he said: “I think the Lowther has to come into the reckoning. It’s a very good prize and a Group 2 so I would encourage the owners to consider that. Three and a half weeks later you have the Moyglare which is a Group 1.”
The Lowther is over six furlongs while the Moyglare is a furlong further, and Charlton is hopeful she can emulate her father and stay a mile in the Guineas.
While Fair Eva’s dam, African Rose did not win beyond seven furlongs, she was Group-placed at a mile at two, and her dam, New Orchid, was sired by Quest For Fame, Charlton’s Derby winner in 1990.
Could have broken record
Fair Eva was pushed out by Frankie Dettori to win the Princess Margaret, and her winning time of 1m 12.54s, was only just shy of the course record for two-year-olds set by Henrythenavigator in 2007.
His time was 1m 12.46s, and Charlton added: “She would have broken Henrythenavigator’s course record if that’s what we wanted to do.
“She is a very charming filly and very easy to deal with. Chestnut fillies can be a bit hot and difficult at times but she seems to have a lot of the right attributes. I would be as confident as you can be that she ought to get a mile.”
‘He got the job done’
Time Test was more workmanlike than his younger stablemate when securing a second Group 2 in the Sky Bet York Stakes, and Charlton felt the four-year-old could have been slightly lacking in fitness.
Sent off at 1-2, Time Test had to battle to defeat Mondialiste by three parts of a length, and Charlton said: “I slightly blame myself. He had quite a tough time on ground he didn’t like in the Eclipse. It’s possible that I left him a gallop short. He might have been getting a bit tired in the closing stages.
“He got the job done, it wasn’t flash but it was a good effort. All being well he will hopefully step up for the Juddmonte.”