In the colours of Al Shaqab Racing, the classy four-year-old filly Katara scored a new Listed win in the Pontefract Castle Fillies’ Stakes at Pontefract racecourse in England on Sunday.
Ridden by Ryan Moore in the 2,400m race for four-year-olds and older fillies and mares, Katara broke behind the field to sit in last place.
They began racing in the final bend and Moore kept her in on the rail waiting patiently for the opening. She came progressively through to join the leaders with 200m left to run and battled with the Hugo Palmer-schooled and James Doyle-helmed Golden Pass in the closing stages, winning the Class 1 contest by a head.
The Hughie Morrison-trained and Tom Marquand-ridden Urban Artist finished third with a further two-and-a-half-length margin.
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute in Newmarket, Katara was a dual winner at three, including the Listed Chalice Stakes. She now boasts of three wins from seven starts and looks one to be closely watched. She was bred by Al Shaqab Racing at Haras de Bouquetot in France. She is by the Champion Japanese sire Deep Impact and out of New Approach mare Asyad, a three-time winner herself for Al Shaqab Racing.
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