Guineas target as Lucida rocks in Rockfel

Jim Bolger’s Lucida justified even-money favouritism in the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket yesterday.

Guineas target as Lucida rocks in Rockfel

Second to Cursory Glance in the Moyglare Stud Stakes just 12 days ago, she appeared to be going nowhere back in fourth when the field entered the dip, and had to work harder than her odds might have suggested.

For a few strides it looked as if Sheikh Hamdan was going to win the race he sponsors as the Barry Hills-trained Fadhayyil hit the front for Paul Hanagan, despite still looking green.

But on meeting the rising ground Lucida seemed much more at home and Kevin Manning always looked confident he would hit the front.

Lucida pulled a length clear of Fadhayyil, with another two back to Hugo Palmer’s New Providence.

Bolger said: ``You're always a bit concerned when they are coming back quickly, but I was hoping she could show the same level of form.

“I was always happy enough, as I know she has a very relaxed way of racing.

“Kevin had to just niggle her along a little bit, but I knew she would pick up for him. I expected when she hit the rising ground that she would pick up.

“She was no more than 50-50 to run in the Fillies’ Mile. I think she will get a mile and I’d say the Guineas will be her big target next season.”

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