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Group 1 targets beckon for Kodiac filly Relief Rally after easy Super Sprint success

Kodiac filly Relief Rally confirmed she was a performer out of the top-drawer on Saturday with a brilliant display to take the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury.

The Simon Munir and Isaac Souede-owned filly had looked smart for William Haggas when landing her first two starts, novices at Windsor and Salisbury, and was unlucky not to land the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot last time, with her nose in front of the winner Crimson Advocate before and after the line.

On Saturday, there was a suspicion that she was racing on a disadvantageous side of the track but once unleashed by Tom Marquand, she swiftly made up the deficit against the far side and bolted clear for a three-length success.

"It was a real good performance from her," said Tom Marquand. "You can come in as a hotpot but it's a big field of two-year-olds - that was every bit as exciting as you'd want her to look.

"My heart is still broken [from Royal Ascot] but it's glued a bit back together now. She's got bags of speed, she's straightforward and improving."

Kodiac's brilliant daughter Tiggy Wiggy won the Weatherbys Super Sprint en route to Group-race success and William Haggas is looking forward to stepping Relief Rally back up in grade.

"This was good today, she picked up really well," he said. "Tom said they led her quite a long way, five lengths at one stage on the far side, but she picked up well and the last furlong was really strong. I quite fancy doing the Prix de l'Abbaye and maybe try the Lowther Stakes first."

Relief Rally is a sister to Group 3 winner Koropick and was bred by Canice Farrell out of the Fayruz mare Kathoe. She was bought by Anthony Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock for 58,000gns from Knockatrina House Stud at the Tattersalls Somerville Yearling Sale (pictured below).

She continues a great run for Kodiac that also features the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat hero Good Guess, Listed Empress Stakes winner Star Of Mystery, Group 3 Brownstown Stakes winner Zarinsk and Listed Swedish scorer City Code.

With that success, Kodiac jumps into the lead as the top 2yo sire in Britain and Ireland.

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