Kessaar colt Bolt Action has Royal Ascot on his agenda after making a highly impressive debut at Leicester for Roger Varian on Tuesday.
Bolt Action made a good impression at the Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale in Doncaster last month, with a smart breeze for Con Marnane translating into a £160,000 sale to Oliver St Lawrence on behalf of Victorious Racing Ltd and Fawzi Nass (pictured below).
That speed he showed was again on display on Tuesday, with the colt overcoming trouble in running to win easily by four lengths from the experienced New Definition.
"He was very impressive," said jockey David Egan. "He was very professional beforehand and hacked to post. He would have learnt a lot today. He was put back into a pocket around halfway and I held on to him a bit but I was impressed because when I did take him back and to the outside, he took me there easily and it was just a matter of keeping him up to his work to the line. It could have been a lot smoother but to get the job done like that with how things unfolded was mightily impressive.
"I think all top-class horses are able to quicken into their races and have that second burst - when horses can quicken twice, you know have a good one."
He added: "Mr Tate's horse [New Definition] had good form and Mr Fahey's [Sipahsalar] was an expensive breeze-up horse, so looking at the race on paper and going out to the paddock, there was a lot of talk about the race, and which ever horse won would go to Ascot with a live chance. And I think this lad proved that - Ascot is definitely on the cards."
Bolt Action was appropriately bred by Mohammed Al-Qatami and Khalid Al-Mudhaf, in whose colours Kessaar won the Mill Reef and Sirenia Stakes. He is the first foal out of Tisa River, an Equiano half-sister to Group 1 winners Iridessa, Order Of Australia and Santa Barbara.
Bolt Action was introduced at 10/1 for the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot. The royal meeting is also the destination for fellow Kessaar colt Tajalla, another trained in Newmarket by Roger Varian who made an excellent impression when the impressive winner of his debut at Newmarket's Craven meeting.