Tostado and Evening's Empire provide classy double for Kessaar
It was an excellent day for Kessaar on Sunday as our promising young stallion added another two winners to his record courtesy of Tostado, who landed a competitive 6f conditions race at Chester for Andrew Balding, and the filly Evening's Empire, the game winner over colts of the 7f maiden at Galway.
Facing previous winners, Tostado overcame inexperience to show bright speed and battle back once headed for a cosy score over Rogue Spirit.
"I think he got a little bit unorganised - the ground is quite holding out there," jockey David Probert told Sky Sports Racing. "He took a while to get his bearings up the straight.
"He's likeable. His work has been pretty good. He probably just needed his run at Newmarket and he's taken a good step forward from that and it's nice to see his ability on the track. A few of these today had experience and there were some likeable ones behind him. He's obviously very talented, he's no slouch at home so it wasn't unexpected."
Tostado was bred by Noel Finnegan out of Zaindera, by Acclamation, and was bought by Andrew Balding for £40,000 as a Tattersalls Ireland September yearling.
Over at Galway less than an hour later, Tally-Ho breezer Evening's Empire backed up her earlier promise for Eddie Harty with a good win in the 7f maiden.
Facing colts, Evening's Empire was caught wide throughout under Chris Hayes - but it made little difference as the filly wore down her rivals for an authoritative win.
“She’s a nice filly, a work in progress," Chris Hayes told Racing TV. "She came from a very good school at the breeze-ups.
"She was a little bit raw in her runs early on but Kevin [Manning] loved her and Declan [McDonogh] loved her.
"I kept her wide on the fresh strip. Kevin got a length on me turning in but I was very confident that I would wear him down. The best filly won on the day and she’ll be a nice filly going forward.
"I wasn’t sure this would be the place for her but credit to Eddie Harty, he was keen to come here and she relished it."
A Tally-Ho Goresbridge breezer, Evening's Empire was bred by Deerpark Stud out of the Dalakhani mare Somewhere.
Tostado and Evening's Empire become the latest promising winners from the first crop of Kessaar, joining the likes of Tajalla, who made an excellent winning debut at Newmarket's Craven meeting, Bolt Action, a debut winner at Leicester prior to a creditable run at Royal Ascot, and Forca Timao, who lived up to expectations with a good win in a smart-looking maiden at Doncaster.