Rosa Grace and Ghaidaa shine at Newbury

Two fillies from very different backgrounds stated their case for inclusion in next month's Darley Irish Oaks as both Rosa Grace and Ghaidaa came home in style at Newbury.

The former hails from fairly humble origins as a 30,000 guineas purchase but has thrived under Rae Guest's care for a valuable victory in the feature event, the Listed Lord Weinstock Memorial Stakes.

However, exquisitely-bred Ghaidaa could be a more exciting prospect still as she received a glowing assessment from trainer Michael Jarvis in the aftermath of her maiden success.

Rosa Grace (11-2), placed behind Michita at Goodwood and fourth in the Rockfel last season, had the form on the board and although Chris Catlin did not initially get a clear run, he switched paths and received a ready response to get the better of 5-2 joint-favourite Melodramatic by a length. Fellow market-leader Kotsi dropped right away.

Guest, making it four consecutive winners, said: "She wasn't expensive, but we always thought a lot of her.

"The ground was the worry today as it was not as quick as she likes it.

"She's still in the Irish Oaks and if the owner is keen, it might be worth a chance."

Ghaidaa is not entered at the Curragh but as a Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned half-sister to the Oaks winner Eswarah out of the brilliant Midway Lady, money would not be a stumbling block.

As the 1-2 favourite for division two of the Doyle Clayton Maiden Fillies' Stakes, she just toyed with the opposition.

Jarvis had mentioned in the press about Ghaidaa lacking the quality of her sibling, but said: "She might be acquiring it!

"I was more surprised in the way she ran on her debut (second at Goodwood) than how she went here. She is coming on in leaps and bounds.

"She is not in the Irish Oaks, although she could be put in if the boss wanted it. Otherwise there are lots of good races later in the season."

Jarvis also saddled his first two-year-old winner of the campaign through Sri Putra (6-1) in the Newvoicemedia Maiden Stakes.

Initially isolated in the middle of the track, Philip Robinson pressed him to the line a length and a half ahead of 15-8 favourite Noble Jack.

"He had been working well at home and although still a little weak, Philip liked him a lot," said the trainer.

"He could be one for the July meeting, perhaps the Superlative Stakes."

Warringah will follow in the path of his half-sister Hi Calypso, who won the same Bathwick Tyres Swindon Handicap 12 months earlier for Michael Stoute, Philip Newton and Ryan Moore.

He held off all-comers as the 13-8 favourite and Newton said: "We're very happy with him and he'll probably go for the Bibury Cup at Salisbury, which Hi Calypso also won.

"There's a very good chance Hi Calypso will run at Royal Ascot next week. She's almost ready to come back and the Hardwicke Stakes is the only suitable race over a mile and a half."

Henry Cecil's Sevenna was unfancied at 18-1 for division one of Ghaidaa's maiden but picked up well from off the pace.

Cecil's assistant Mike Marshall said: "She found it a bit quick at Goodwood last time and I think this ground was the key.

"It's difficult to weigh up the form but she'll definitely get a mile and a half."

Capucci's efforts in maidens had been spotted by many judges and John Gosden's colt was a well-backed 15-8 favourite as he landed the Pertemps Handicap.

Blue Sky Basin (5-1) and William Buick took the Bathwick Tyres Newbury Handicap, while Night Orbit (20-1) prevailed in a blanket finish for the Bollinger Champagne Challenge Series Handicap.

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