Kiyoshi: won the Albany Stakes despite travelling across the trackPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Wayward Kiyoshi runs away from Albany rivals
Report: Royal Ascot, Friday
Albany Stakes (Group 3) 6f, 2yo fillies
CHARLIE HILLS, Jamie Spencer and Qatar Racing probably viewed today as a bid to avenge the 1,000 Guineas defeat of Just The Judge by Sky Lantern in the Coronation Stakes, but they will look back on it as the day another exciting filly, Kiyoshi, announced herself.
A clear winner of the Albany, Kiyoshi ran away from both her rivals and her jockey inside the final furlong, veering across the track to the far rail as she pulled clear of 7-4 favourite Sandiva, with the Lady Cecil-trained Joyeuse, a half-sister to Frankel, back in third.
Spencer was unable to keep his mount straight as she made her way from the centre of the track to the far rail, while still pulling three and a quarter lengths clear of the first two in the betting.
"I put her run across the track down to greenness," said Spencer. "I was a bit surprised but there's not four or five people in the crowd, there's a lot of people here."
Spencer was having a first winner of the week, for his new boss, after several placed efforts and he added: "She's always been very good and we've taken time to space out her races. Really she wants to be going seven furlongs or a mile already and she has a bright future."
It was an authoritative performance and one that immediately sparked talk of Newmarket in May, with Paddy Power going 10-1 for next year's 1,000 Guineas.
BetVictor were more impressed, going 7-1, while they make runner-up Sandiva and Queen Mary winner Rizeena 16-1 shots. Joyeuse is now a 20-1 chance to emulate her half-brother and win a Guineas on the Rowley Mile.
Asked if he regarded the winner as a 1,000 Guineas prospect, Hills said: "I'd like to think so. There's a lot of stamina on the dam's side so there's every chance she will stay the mile."
On the performance Hills, who was having his first winner at the royal meeting as a trainer, added: "She has a great turn of foot. Jamie said he got there too soon. It is quite daunting here, it's a wide track and she's got to the front soon enough so we can forgive her the run across the track."
The triumvirate team up again in the day's big race with Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Just The Judge. After a series of near misses Kiyoshi's success will come as a timely boost ahead of the re-match with 1,000 Guineas conqueror Sky Lantern.