3.6.17

Natural talent looks strong Royal Ascot contender

Qatar Racing’s Natural made a deeply impressive winning debut in a novice event over six and a half furlongs at Doncaster on Saturday afternoon, while Treasuring and Gold Spinner were also successful at Navan.

All three could now be booked for Royal Ascot, with Natural looking an obvious contender for the Gr. 3 Albany Stakes on the Friday. The race Natural contested on Town Moor looked a warm affair, with the field featuring plenty of well-bred fillies from notable yards, but Natural was very well backed and never really looked like being beaten, soon in front and always doing enough without Sean Levey having to ask for her full effort.

Natural was purchased at the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale by Qatar Racing’s Racing Manager David Redvers and is a half-sister to My Catch, who won twice for Qatar Racing and David Brown in France in 2013, including the Gr. 3 Prix de Cabourg at Deauville. Natural is well regarded by her trainer Richard Hannon, who won the Albany Stakes with Illuminate in 2014; his father Richard Snr won the race – first run in 2002 - with Jewel In The Sand (2004) and Memory (2010).

Treasuring became the fifth individual winner for Qatar Bloodstock's Tweenhills Stud-based sire Havana Gold, whose progeny also include the Listed National Stakes winner Havana Grey and impressive Chester winner Headway. Treasuring is now entitled to be considered for either the Gr. 2 Queen Mary Stakes or Albany at Royal Ascot – she's a stablemate at Ger Lyons' yard of the very promising and unbeaten Qatar Racing filly Black Sails, who could run in the Albany though also has the option of the Listed Chesham Stakes give she’s by Gr. 1 Prix du Jockey Club winner Lope de Vega.

Qatar Racing's third winner came in the final race at Navan, when 3-year-old Gold Spinner returned from seven weeks off to land a conditions race over a mile. A son of Pivotal, Gold Spinner again showed a good attitude to draw clear in the closing stages and could now run in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot, a race in which Qatar Racing promise to be well represented with the likes of Son of The Stars and Naval Warfare also leading candidates.

There was almost a fourth winner on the day for Qatar Racing - and a third for the Lyons yard - when Savannah Storm was just denied in a staying handicap earlieron the Navan card. It was still a highly encouraing return from the Dubawi colt, and he'll hopefully continue to improve granted a clear run at things this year.