Kodiac’s purple patch continued on Friday with the game success of Fast Attack in the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket.
Trained by Simon and Ed Crisford, Fast Attack had made an excellent impression when scoring on debut at Kempton Park and after several creditable runs at a higher level, bounced back to winning ways here with a gutsy display under James Doyle to overhaul Allayaali for a length success.
Ed Crisford told Sportinglife.com: “She did that nicely, I thought James gave her a lovely, positive ride. It was the plan to do that as she jumps quick so we didn’t want to take her back, we wanted her to bowl along and enjoy herself. She’s a really honest filly and has done it really well. I like the way she battled, she really hit the line strong so it was a good performance.”
He added: “We’ve always thought she was better than her last two runs. In France she lost a shoe coming out of the stalls and ripped half her foot off, so Christophe [Soumillon] almost pulled her up. At Newbury the ground was terrible, but she still ran a nice race and was only just beaten by two nice fillies. Good ground today and a positive ride made the difference.
“I don’t think there’s anything else this year so we’ll probably aim her at one of the Guineas trials and then see which way we go. She’ll definitely get a mile.”
Fast Attack becomes the 35th Group winner and 76th black-type scorer for Kodiac. Our stalwart stallion is in the midst of an excellent month thanks to the stakes victories of Straight Answer, Bear Story, El Bodegon and Geocentric - and is double handed in tomorrow’s Dewhurst Stakes as the sire of Straight Answer and Glounthane.
Fast Attack was bred by Ballylinch Stud out of its fast filly Forte Del Oro, a Lope De Vega daughter of Queen Mary Stakes winner Gilded. She was a 210,000gns Tattersalls October Book 1 purchase by Oliver St Lawrence on behalf of Sheikh Nasser Al Khalifa and Fawzi Nass.