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    New Bay’s Saffron Beach Wins the Oh So Sharp

    9th October 2020

    Having impressed when scoring on debut in a seven-furlong Sept. 26 Newmarket maiden, Saffron Beach (Ire) (New Bay {GB}) returned to the same course and distance to enhance her reputation in Friday’s G3 Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp S. at Newmarket. Settled in second early by Adam Kirby, the 9-4 favourite took over passing the two-furlong pole and asserted for a half-length success from Thank You Next (Ire) (No Nay Never), with Shine For You (GB) (Siyouni {Fr}) 1 1/4 lengths away in third. “She’s quite a nice filly and a strong galloper,” the winning rider said. “She’s a filly with a good mind as well, as she was backed up relatively quickly and will be a lovely prospect for next year.”

    Saffron Beach, whose task was made easier here by the withdrawal of the G2 Rockfel S. second Nazuna (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) and the flop of the G3 Weld Park S. runner-up Thinking of You (American Pharoah), could be off to Keeneland with trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam eyeing the Breeders’ Cup. “That was very good and the staff at home have done a wonderful job,” she said. “She is a quick learner and I’d love to have a crack at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, if the owners will allow me. We know she is good. I had Annie Skates who was second in the Juvenile Fillies’ race at the Breeders’ Cup and this one is probably a quicker learner than Annie. For what she has done at home, we thought this was a suitable step up in grade.”

    Sporting the Ben Sangster silks and owned in partnership with James Wigan, Saffron Beach is out of the Godolphin Polytrack winner Falling Petals (Ire) (Raven’s Pass) who was bought by the China Horse Club at the 2016 Goffs November Sale for €235,000. She is a daughter of the dual stakes-placed Infinite Spirit (Maria’s Mon) who also threw the G3 Criterion S. winner and G1 Middle Park S. third Huntdown (Elusive Quality). His full-sister Continua is the dam of three stakes performers headed by the smart sprinter Cotai Glory (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}), who captured the G3 World Trophy and G3 Molecomb S. and was placed in the G1 Kings Stand S. and GII Nearctic S. A granddaughter of the G3 Matron S. winner and G1 Coronation S. and GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup runner-up Eternal Reve (Diesis {GB}), Falling Petals’ son of Cotai Glory’s sire Exceed and Excel sells on Monday at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 2. She also has a 2020 filly by Australia (GB).

    Originally appeared in the Thoroughbred Daily News on October 9th 2020