Dubawi filly Severnaya scorches to six-length debut win at Newcastle
Exciting prospect represents John Gosden and Sheikha Al Jalila
Trainer John Gosden has become well known for launching the careers of some of his best horses on the all-weather in the winter – most strikingly with dual Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Enable – and he repeated the trick at Newcastle on Friday with Severnaya, a wide-margin winner on her debut in a mile maiden.
In what was admittedly an ordinary contest, Severnaya was slow out of the stalls but soon gathered herself together and took the lead. It took only a shake of the reins from jockey Nicky Mackay for the filly to quicken clear two furlongs from home and despite drifting left a little she soared to a six-length victory.
Scots Sonnet, a Jim Goldie-trained Poet's Voice half-brother to talented stayers Euchen Glen and Sir Chauvelin, finished second, with Blindingly, a son of Shamardal and Prix Robert Papin winner Boccassini saddled by Ben Haslam, in third.
Severnaya was bred by Godolphin and runs in the name of Sheikh Mohammed's daughter Sheikha Al Jalila, whose silks are the sheikh's storied maroon with white sleeves and maroon cap with white star.
She looks another outstanding prospect among the the three-year-old crop of Darley's superstar sire Dubawi, which has already yielded Group 1 victors Quorto and Too Darn Hot, Listed scorers Al Hilalee and Vachement and a multitude of exciting, unexposed novice stakes and maiden winners.
Severnaya is the first foal out of Zibelina, a Dansili mare who won the Group 3 Prix de Lieurey and Listed Valiant Stakes at around a mile for Charlie Appleby. The dam is a half-sister to Listed-winning sprinter Floristry, who produced another Listed-winning sprinter in Inspiriter.
Zibelina and Floristry are in turn out of Zaeema, a winning Zafonic half-sister to Dante Stakes winner and Derby third Carlton House, from a family once nurtured at the Royal Studs that has also given us the high-class stayer half-brothers Duncan and Samuel, Group 1-placed sprinter Three Points and none other than Grand National hero One For Arthur.
Zibelina has a two-year-old colt by Shamardal and a yearling colt by Dubawi, and she had a third date with Dubawi last year.
The Dubawi-Dansili cross has previously come up trumps with Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes winner Nezwaah and stakes scorers Desert Diamond, Glorious Journey and Time Test.
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