Majeyda - NOT FOR RP USEPICTURE: Mark Cranham
Nell Gwyn Third For Majeyda
Majeyda finished a close third in the Group Three Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket on Wednesday, April 16.
The three-year-old filly, trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by Silvestre de Sousa, broke well and raced in second of the 15 runners for much of the seven-furlong contest on turf.
She ran on to take the lead from Queen Catrine with over a furlong remaining and battled well when headed by the winner Sandiva. Majeyda kept on but Euro Charline just took second. The Godolphin filly went down by a half-length and a short-head to Sandiva, who won in 1m 26.93s on ground described as good, good to firm in places.
Charlie Appleby commented: "I was very pleased with Majeyda today and she travelled very nicely throughout the race. Silvestre de Sousa said that she just got a bit tired, had a bit of a blow and then ran on up the hill.
"She will definitely come on for her first appearance of the year and we will consider running her in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas (May 4). She will appreciate the step up to a mile and, on the basis of that run, she probably deserves her place in the Classic."
Godolphin was also represented in the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes by Folk Melody (Charlie Appleby/Mickael Barzalona), who made late headway from the rear to take eighth.
Charlie Appleby added: "Folk Melody showed a little inexperience today. She was a bit free early on and was lost at sea at halfway before running on again near the end.
"We will lower her sights a bit and then go from there."