A review of the action from Newmarket on Friday as the promising Quadrilateral claimed victory in the Fillies' Mile.
Charlton relieved with Fillies' Mile score
Quadrilateral finished with a real flourish to maintain her unbeaten record in a thrilling renewal of the bet365 Fillies' Mile at Newmarket.
A winner on her racecourse debut at Newbury in August, the Khalid Abdullah-owned filly doubled up at the Berkshire circuit with a hugely impressive nine-length victory last month - a performance which saw her promoted to ante-post favouritism for next year's 1000 Guineas.
Those Classic credentials faced a thorough examination on the Rowley Mile, having been supplemented for the Group One contest at a cost of £40,000 earlier in the week.
It will not have been easy viewing for supporters of Roger Charlton's 9/4 favourite in the middle part of the contest, as jockey Jason Watson was hard at work with over two furlongs still to run.
Despite getting loose in the paddock beforehand, it looked as though the also-supplemented Powerful Breeze would claim her third win from as many starts after quickening smartly to the lead.
However, once switched to the far rail, Quadrilateral - a daughter of Frankel - ate up the ground and powered home to deny Hugo Palmer's youngster by a head.
Charlton said: "I've not really watched the replay. I don't know if it was two out or even three out that I thought, 'we're not running well here. We're coming off the bridle and it's not going to happen', but she kept responding and I thought she did really well to get there.
"I guess the gap was diminishing up the rail a bit, but she fought like a good one and handled the track. It was a great effort, really, as it was a proper race today."
He added: "We don't gallop the two-year-olds that hard, so when she won first time out she needed the race, but class won it for her.
"She then took us a bit by surprise when she won so easily last time. We didn't learn that much and we hadn't done much work since, but today was a proper test.
"The easier option was to go for the Oh So Sharp Stakes. I was a bit of a chicken really. It is not often you get good fillies come along and I thought, 'hopefully she can win that and keep the dream open for May', rather than taking on the best.
"But the management encouraged me to run her in this race and result was good."
Quadrilateral was cut to 5-1 favourite from 10-1 for the 1000 Guineas by Paddy Power, who also make her the 10-1 market leader for the Investec Oaks at Epsom.
Charlton said: "I guess we'll come back for the Guineas - I see no reason not to come back. I guess we would probably come straight here without a prep run.
"She looks like she might stay further as she didn't look like a short runner there today.
"I've not won a Guineas or a Group One with a two-year-old until now, so she would be the best filly I've had."
Palmer was understandably proud of Powerful Breeze's performance - and she too is likely to return for the first fillies' Classic of 2020.
"She has lost precious little in defeat. I think with any May Hill winner that runs in the Fillies' Mile, you are already thinking of her as a Guineas prospect," said the Newmarket handler.
"She galloped here three weeks ago and handled the track well, and she certainly handled it better than the winner.
"She ran great. I think she was in front for a very long time, but I don't think she was in front too soon. You have to play the hand you are dealt.
"Quadrilateral was going nowhere in the dip. Hopefully she learnt to hate Newmarket and will never come again, rather than practice makes perfect!"
Aidan O'Brien's Love - winner of the Moyglare Stud Stakes on her most recent outing - was best of the rest in third.
Mustashry makes clash count
Mustashry produced a fine front-running display to get back on the winning trail in the Godolphin Stud And Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes at Newmarket.
An impressive winner of the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in the spring, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained five-year-old had since struggled in both the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.
Making his first in just over three months, Mustashry was sent off at 2/1 in the hands of Jim Crowley - with his Group One penalty meaning he had to concede upwards of 4lb to each of his four rivals at Group Two level.
The gelded son of Tamayuz was soon bowling along in front and while Limato - winner of this race in each of the past two seasons - did his best to close the gap late on, Mustashry never wilted and denied Henry Candy's stable stalwart the hat-trick by a length and a quarter.
Angus Gold, racing manager to Mustashry's owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: "After the Eclipse he came back very sore and Michael said it looked bad for a while.
"We thought he might have fractured his pelvis and weirdly they scanned him and there was nothing and he came sound surprisingly quickly.
"They eased their way back into work with him and he has been fine ever since."
Mustashry finished down the field behind his then-stablemate Expert Eye in last year's Breeders' Cup Mile, but a second tilt at the race in Santa Anita next month will be considered.
Gold added: "Whether Sheikh Hamdan lets him go aboard or keeps him for next year is his decision. I think he is a very versatile - he can do seven to nine furlongs and possibly even a mile and a quarter.
"He is helped by a fantastic attitude. He loves his work and being back at the races. He is a lovely horse to have. He has had so many problems over his career, but when he is good he is good.
"I'm sure the question will come up about the Breeders' Cup, but I don't know as we've not discussed it. We had to see how he come back from his last injury and he has come back pretty good."
Candy said of Limato: "He ran a wonderful race and I'm delighted with him. Ryan (Moore) said he was full of enthusiasm, and that's all that matters.
"It's soft enough and that would have slightly blunted his speed, but I don't think we can use that as an excuse. That's it for the year now. He might not run for seven months and we might wait for the Criterion on the July course and see how he is in the spring. He will be aimed at seven-furlong races just below top class."
Hot favourite Shine So Bright finished last of all.
Rose in full bloom
Rose Of Kildare showed no signs of a long season catching up with her when showing a warrior-like attitude to take the Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket.
Running for the 12th time this year, the Mark Johnston-trained daughter of Make Believe successfully defied a 3lb penalty for a Group Three victory at Ayr to strike at the same level on her return to seven furlongs.
Hitting the front inside the final furlong, the 12/1 winner stayed on in tenacious fashion to hold off the previously-unbeaten Valeria Messalina by a neck.
Johnston said: "It's the age old story and we have been here before with the likes of Masham Star. Is it the fact they are tough because they have run 12 times, or the fact that running 12 times has made her tough?
"There is nothing that keeps them sound and tough like regular racing. I have to admit if she wasn't 3,000 euro filly she would not have run so much earlier on.
"She just came there on the bridle two out and the further she went, the better she got. We will look at the English Guineas and something like the German Guineas as a fall-back."
Good Vibes back to winning ways
Good Vibes made the most of a drop in trip to get her career back on track with victory in the Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes.
The daughter of Due Diligence appeared to appreciate the return to five furlongs, gaining her first success since claiming a Listed contest at York in May with victory in the Group Three event.
Bursting through late on under Richard Kingscote, the David Evans-trained 12/1 shot found plenty when asked for her maximum effort to hold Pistoletto at bay by a neck.
Jason Maguire, racing manager to owners Paul and Clare Rooney, said: "We were a little bit worried about the ground, as it was soft here earlier in the week, then good to soft. She handled it well, but she gets that trip well.
"Dave Evans has done a brilliant job with her, he has always held her in the highest regard and brought her here for her first run. Paul and Clare love their racing and it is good they have a good mare."
He added: "Coming here was probably going to be her last run of the season, but we will have a chat with Dave and see what he thinks."