Improving Kassia strikes again

The latest news from Dubai Future Champions Day at Newmarket, where Kassia took the opening fillies' event under Graham Lee.

Kassia gained her first success outside of handicap company when finishing to good effect in the EBF Stallions Boadicea Fillies' Stakes at Newmarket.

With three wins to her name already this term the Mick Channon-trained 15/2 shot, who finished fifth in last year's Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, took a step back up in class in her stride to take the six furlong Listed prize.

Having been prominent from the outset Gravity Flow looked to have the measure of her rivals having seemingly stolen a clear advantage on the stands side rail entering the final quarter of a mile.

Despite the brave efforts of the William Haggas-trained runner, she could not quite hold off the late charge of the daughter of Acclamation and complete a five-timer with a head separating the pair at the line.

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Chanon said: "We just followed them into it really. She deserved that. She is very good. We just had a little issue with the stalls which held us up a bit. That's probably why she is good now as she has taught herself.

"We always thought she was a good filly but she stays in training. She works like a very good filly.

"We will have to have a good go at all the good races. She is an out and out sprinter so we are in no two minds where we are going. I think next year she will be better again."

Gravity Flow only narrowly failed to bring up a five-timer and her trainer William Haggas said: "Gravity Flow has run very well and got a bit of black type and I am thrilled to bits. She'll stay in training and that will probably be it for the season, as she enjoys top of the ground but we'll see."

Another local handler Charlie Appleby's Mise En Rose (7/2 favourite) finished a further four lengths adrift in third.

Appleby said: "The drop back in trip was not out of her comfort zone. The first two home were on the other side and it was like there were two races – she beat her group well but was the last filly on her own.

"She deserves to win a black-type race and might have to go up in trip now in the Fleur De Lys Fillies' Stakes at Lingfield in about three weeks' time, which is one of the fast-track qualifiers."

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