Daahyeh can prove the worth of her fine juvenile form by striking on her eagerly-awaited return to action, according to Simon Holt.
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DAAHYEH (8/1 Hills), one of the leading juvenile fillies of 2019, makes a belated reappearance in Friday's Group Two Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes at Newmarket and, amid reports of some good homework, is fancied to make her class tell.
The only horse in the field with solid Group One and Grade One form, David Egan's mount won the Rockfel Stakes over this course and distance last September and then was far from disgraced at Santa Anita, staying on strongly over the sharp mile when chasing home the smart Sharing (second to Alpine Star at Royal Ascot in June) in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf.
Successful previously on good to soft ground in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and beaten just three-quarters of a length by the subsequent dual Classic winner Love in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh, Daahyeh brings some very strong credentials into this race against mainly Group Two/Three rivals who all have to give her weight.
Later, BRILLIANT LIGHT (9/1 General) can relish a return to a mile and a half in the bet365 Old Rowley Cup Handicap.
Saeed bin Suroor’s Sea The Stars gelding looked in top gear for most of the way before staying on gamely to win narrowly at Sandown over a mile and a quarter last time having previously been more comfortable over this trip at Wolverhampton where he beat the subsequent dual winner Crystal Pegasus.
Brilliant Light looks a lovely staying prospect going forward, has a good attitude and hails from a yard which is always dangerous in handicaps.
At York, SHELIR (12/1 bet365) can continue his fine recent form in the Betsafe Double Winnings Handicap having been denied a good opportunity at the abandoned Ascot meeting last weekend.
David O'Meara's Irish import seems to have benefitted from being ridden more prominently in recent starts resulting in a comfortable victory at Thirsk over this trip before being collared late on, after making the running, by Johan and Brunch at Ayr.
It often pays to be handy on the Knavesmire and, if Danny Tudhope can find a spot just tracking the leaders, Shelir should have every chance of going in again with the soft ground conditions unlikely to be a problem.
Posted at 1440 BST on 08/10/20
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