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'A Group 1 horse if ever I had one' - Kodiac fillies shine

Updated: Apr 11

Easy capped a big day for her sire Kodiac on Saturday when defying a long absence to win the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cork Stakes at Cork.

Her win came on the same day that another fast Kodiac filly, Star Of Mystery, found only Hong Kong superstar California Spangle too good in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan.

Easy had looked potentially smart when winning her debut at Cork in the summer of 2022. She made just one further start that year and having missed all of 2023, was understandably a long shot to oblige on her return on Saturday. However, having always travelled well for Andrew Slattery,Team Valor's filly went on to put over a length between herself and the colt Yosemite Valley for an authoritative score.

"Easy is a Group 1 horse if I ever had one," said trainer Andrew Slattery. "I knew she would improve for this an awful lot. Hopefully we are heading for a Group 1 at Royal Ascot."

Bred by Shadwell Estate Company, Easy is out of the Pivotal mare Gharaaneej, a half-sister to Listed-winning sprinter Best Regards from the famous Cassandra Go family.

Meanwhile at Meydan, three-year-old Star Of Mystery continued her good run of form with an excellent second against older horses in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint for Godolphin. A Group 2 winner over 5f at Meydan in January, the filly closed well under Frankie Dettori to finish less than a length off the winner.

"It's whether we go to the King's Stand or give Star Of Mystery a proper break," said trainer Charlie Appleby. "The race I'd like to work back from is the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint; I think that will suit her really well."

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