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Believing caps another big day for Mehmas

Believing continued an excellent run for Mehmas on Saturday with an impressive victory in the Listed Achilles Stakes at Haydock Park.

Her win came just minutes before another daughter, Perfect Part, took a typically competitive Hilary Needler Trophy on debut for Brian Ellison.

It was a fourth stakes win for Believing following earlier successes in the Group 3 Prix Texanita and Listed Flying Fillies' Stakes and Chelmer Stakes. And better could be to come for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing's filly since she holds an entry in the Group 1 King Charles III Stakes at Royal Ascot.

"She's very good," said jockey Danny Tudhope. "She handled going back in trip no problem, she travelled great and I was pretty confident from a fair way out. Ascot will be right up her street."

Believing was bred by M. Mullen and Cloneymore Farm out of Misfortunate, a daughter of Kodiac. Kodiac is also the damsire of Group 1 winner The Platinum Queen and this year's high-class miler Charyn.

Believing (pictured below as a two-year-old) was sold through public auction twice - initially for 70,000gns to J C Bloodstock as a yearling and then for 115,000gns to Highclere as a Tattersalls Craven breezer - and as is typical of her sire, was quick to come to hand with a win second time out at Wolverhampton before placings in the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes and Group 3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes, in which she was beaten only a neck.

Meanwhile, Perfect Part lived up to her name in style at Beverley in the Hilary Needler Trophy, defying inexperience under Cam Hardie to weave through horses and hold off the final challenge of the favourite Maw Lam for a cosy success.

Owned by Keith Brown, the Brian Ellison-trained filly was bred by John Cullinan out of the Dutch Art mare Queensbrydge.

"The owner filled me with confidence and said if she's there, get stuck in, but there's another day if not," said Cam Hardie. "Her homework has been good, she's not short of speed and she was very professional. I was kicking myself two out when I had nothing to take me into the race but it opened up lovely and it actually helped me because she was a little bit green. A little bit of luck on the day and it paid off."

Perfect Part becomes the 17th 2yo winner of the year in Europe for Mehmas.

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