Farhh To Shy looks set for a return to Ascot for the Royal meeting after staying on well to score at the Berkshire track on her latest start.
Trainer George Margarson will send the daughter of Farhh to the Kensington Palace Stakes, a race in which she looked to hold every chance until finding trouble at a crucial stage last June.
The five-year-old gained the fifth win in 13 on turf in the Peroni Nastro Azzurro EBF Fillies’ Handicap over a mile under Tom Queally, defeating Belhaven by a neck.
Down to a mark of 84, 11lb below her rating when beaten four and three-quarter lengths by Rising Star in the Kensington Palace 12 months ago, Margarson is hopefuls she will go up enough after her win to take her place over the same course and distance next month.
“We targeted that race a while ago, as it usually cuts up into a small field. She was badly handicapped to win it, but by running her on the all-weather, it kindly dropped well for her,” he said.
“She is not as good on the all-weather as she is on turf.”
Ascot will also be on the cards the following month, too, if all goes according to plan.
The Newmarket handler added: “We are just going to see what the handicapper does, but there is a race for horses rated 69-88, a fillies’ handicap back at Ascot in July.
“The long-term target has always been to work back from a £100k race at York at the end of the year (British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Stakes, August 24).
“She is a decent filly. I was very pleased with her and I would expect she will have another crack at Royal Ascot.
“She got badly hampered two out when she was cruising through last year. I thought she was going to win and I even got excited. Two (furlongs) out she just got shut out.
“She will probably get in. I think she might go up 5lb for her win. If we make her a Royal Ascot winner, she’ll be worth a few bob. She will even if she gets placed!”