Frankie Dettori can look towards Guineas weekend with a positive feeling about at least one Classic ride after the courageous performance of Sandiva in the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket.
Starting his first full season as the retained jockey of Sheikh Joaan's Al Shaqab Racing, Dettori has many fine horses to choose between on both sides of the Channel and even treated Rowley Mile visitors to a flying dismount with the broken ankle from last October firmly healed.
Richard Fahey had already prepared Sandiva to win a Group Three in France as a two-year-old, and she closed strongly to finish half a length up on Euro Charline and Majeyda when plenty went against her.
"I've got about 35 unraced three-year-olds to ride and there's a lot of travelling, but I'm enjoying it," said Dettori.
"We haven't seen the main ones yet, like Rizeena and the (Aidan) O'Brien ones, but at least my filly has come and done it.
"Where she was drawn (four) was a one- or two-length disadvantage and there was no cover, so it was a good performance. She is entitled to go to the Guineas with a good chance."
Sandiva could yet be joined there by Marco Botti's Euro Charline, who also looked like she would appreciate a little further than this seven furlongs.
Barry Irwin, who runs the owning Team Valor syndicate, said: "She was finishing very fast and I very pleased. Marco wants me to supplement her for the Guineas.
"I will think about it but she is also in the Irish Guineas, so we will see."
Charlie Appleby will delay a decision on whether Majeyda joins her on May 4.
Sky Bet make Sandiva 16/1 from 25/1 for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and their Michael Shinners said: "That was the perfect return to action from the Footstepsinthesand filly and, although she's clearly got to improve to win the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, she's clearly heading in the right direction and we've cut her to 16/1 from 25s with the promise of more to come."