Wednesday 19 June 2019

Frankel Watch 2019: Shammah Shines at Windsor for Richard Hannon

Readers may have noticed we have given a good few column inches to Frankel offspring this season. 

That's what you would expect from a website/blog dedicated to Frankel two-year-olds of the highest order. 

We mentioned Shammah in a couple of articles, half anticipating a win. However, this daughter of Frankel out of the dam Biscaya Bay, a French-winning mare, who raced up to Group 3, has finally come good. 

Anyway, it was third time lucky for this bay filly who won impressively at Windsor when stepping back to 5f. This March foal ran well on debut when competing in the Simon & Nerys Dutfield Memorial Stakes at Salisbury. She finished third behind Andrew Balding's Symbolize, who competed at Royal Ascot. 

The second start saw Shammah race at Kempton over 6f. A wide draw didn't help her cause as jockey Sean Levey got to the rail but in the process she ran much too freely and, therefore, struggled to finish the race, tiring rapidly in the final furlong to finish eighth of twelve. 

On the 17th of June, Shammah left the opposition trailing some five-lengths behind with an all-the-way victory at Windsor. The drop back to the minimum trip proved a positive move and race comments ''very comfortably'' detail a smart performance on good to soft going. 

Richard Hannon had considered this talented juvenile for the Hilary Needler Trophy Stakes, but connections bypassed that competitive heat. Owner Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah will no doubt be hoping for future successes. 

Juddmonte Farms said: ''Shammah the latest 2YO winner for Frankel, very impressive over 5f''.

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