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Sheikh Farhad and Qatar Racing continued their ascendency towards the very top with a breathtaking victory by Kiyoshi in the Group 3 Albany Stakes.
Settled in rear by Jamie Spencer, Kiyoshi tracked a small pack of horses on the near side of the the track under a trademark patient ride from the retained jockey of Qatar Racing. As the runners headed towards the final two furlongs Spencer barely needed to ask his two year old partner to quicken as she made smooth progress through the runners ahead.
By the furlong pole Spencer and Kiyoshi were ahead and, albeit a moment of concern as the Qatar Racing fully veered violently towards the far side rail and across the track, there never seemed to be a moment of concern as Kiyoshi was untroubled in victory.
The pre-race favourite Sandiva, who was sold this week to Sheikh Joaan Al Thani by Middleham Park Racing, was creditable in defeat but was no match for the runaway winner. The Lady Cecil trained Joyeuse, a half-sister to Frankel, was a fast finishing third suggesting that more may be to come from this excitingly bred daughter of Oasis Dream in the next eighteen months, notably galloping out well to pass the winner and second placed finisher on the gallop out.
"You can't get than better than that. It means a lot especially here," said winning owner Sheikh Farhad. " I couldnt really see the race where I was so I just just saw Jamie flash by. I'm so lucky to have these horses. David Redvers and our team do a brilliant job."
"She was breathtaking. She showed some turn of foot and Jamie was always going the best," said Charlie Hills. "She is very uncomplicated and she's exciting - shell stay further too."
"Everything was very smooth, I was always in control," said winning jockey Jamie Spencer. "I thought from three out that I was going to win. She's normally straight down the middle so when she veered out it was a bit of a surprise, a that's something to look at, but there wasn't any real worry."
An exciting filly for Sheikh Farhad's operation, Kiyoshi was installed as the general 7-1 favourite for next season's English 1,000 Guineas. Joyeuse remains a 25-1 shot for the race.
"This means a lot," said Sheikh Farhad. "You only have to go out there to see why."