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'We'll work back from the Cheveley Park' - Kodiac filly Star Of Mystery dazzles in Empress win

Star Of Mystery continued a productive period for her sire Kodiac on Saturday with an impressive victory in the Listed Empress Stakes at Newmarket.

The Godolphin homebred looked one to follow when winning her maiden at Haydock by 11 lengths and she was once again firmly in control on Saturday, taking the step up in class in her stride to win well by four lengths.

In the process, she became the 87th stakes winner for Kodiac and his sixth since Thursday. Empire Of Light, a brother to Kessaar, broke his maiden at Newmarket on Thursday on the same card that another Godolphin homebred Spring Dawn won her maiden. Friday's action, meanwhile, featured a win by Kodiac Prince at the Curragh, a taking debut victory by the Tally-Ho-bred Le Mans for Westerberg at Newmarket and Gestut Ittlingen's homebred Loudina at Hamburg.

"I have to thank my daughter for naming her!" said trainer Charlie Appleby. "We know the family - it's a speed on speed family. She's a strong, neat model and shows a lot of natural pace. We came here confident from what she'd achieved at Haydock and also the development we'd seen since then. We'll work back from the Cheveley Park."

Star Of Mystery is a half-sister to Group 1 winners Althiqa and Mysterious Night and out of Mistrusting, a Listed-winning Shamardal daughter of the Cherry Hinton Stakes winner Misheer. She becomes the fifth stakes winner bred on the Kodiac - Shamardal cross after Hello Youmzain, Gifted Master, Island Of Love and Umm Kulthum.

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