Mehmas filly Wild Place - bred here at Tally-Ho Stud - marked herself down as a filly to follow with a tenacious display to win the Al Wasl Stakes for Godolphin at Meydan on Friday.
Lining up against colts, Wild Place overcame trouble in running under Pat Cosgrave to run down the hot favourite Silent Speech and outbattle that colt for the win. In a testament to their quality, the pair pulled well clear of the third.
Although it was Wild Place's first success, she had shown good form when placed on both her first two starts for Saeed bin Suroor, notably when a close third on debut at Kempton.
"I fell out of the stalls," Cosgrave told Racing TV. "We were going a nice gallop and I followed William on Silent Speech as far as I could. We actually got there too soon and she pulled up a bit with me, but when I got stuck into her, she found plenty for me and she got back on the line."
Wild Place hails from the second crop of Mehmas, which also contains last year's high-class 2yos Caturra, Gubbass, Malavath, Lusail and Beauty Inspire among others. She was bred here out of Turuqaat, a daughter of Fantastic Light who has also bred the Listed-placed Aisa Dream, and bought by Stroud Coleman Bloodstock out of our draft at Book 2 of the 2020 Tattersalls October Sale.
Also on the same card, Acklam Express ran a mighty second for Nigel Tinkler in the Group 3 Blue Point Sprint. Now a 4yo, he is one of the highlights from Mehmas' first crop.
Mehmas stands for €50,000.