Owen Burrows is hopeful that 1000 Guineas contender Talaayeb can run a big race in the G1 fillies Classic on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket after the three-year-old took part in a racecourse gallop at the track before racing on Thursday.
A general 12/1 shot for the one mile event, the daughter of Dansili was a 10/1 winner at the track in a seven furlong maiden on her racecourse debut in September and Burrows is optimistic of a good run in the contest.
Burrows saddled Masaat to finish second in the 2000 Guineas last year in his first season as a handler and looks to go one better in the fillies version with the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned horse.
She was ridden in the racecourse gallop by Jim Crowley and followed stablemate Midhmaar before cantering past her companion nicely to finish two or three lengths up at the line.
Speaking afterwards, Burrows said:
I was very pleased. It was more of a day out. She relaxed nicely, travelled well and galloped right the way through to the line. Jim was very pleased with her.
She was very straightforward when she won her maiden last year and was very professional. It was more the day out today than the gallop as she doesn’t take much work, hence why we didn’t run her in a trial.
It is asking a lot coming from a maiden and we are taking a bit of a punt, but her work at home excites me. Fingers crossed everything goes to plan in the next 17 days.