James Tate can be trusted to have Al Fareej on the straight and narrow for the EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes at Ayr.
The young trainer has a relatively strong team from which to choose at his Newmarket base, but this improving filly looks one of the best.
Her form, virtually from flag-fall, has been watertight and probably more than good enough to suggest winning a Listed prize of this nature is within her capabilities.
Narrow defeats by sharp duo Angelic Lord and Arabian Queen at Ripon and Windsor firstly convinced Tate to go for the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, where she was outclassed at such an early stage of her career.
Al Fareej roared back with a fine victory at Lingfield, after which she finished second in the Bronze Maquette in the St Hugh’s Stakes at Newbury.
She then arguably took her game to the next level in a really strong renewal of the Julia Graves Roses Stakes at York when only worried out of a winning position inside the final few strides.
The daughter of Iffraaj showed the significance of returning to a sounder surface on the Knavesmire, which is likely to be prized asset if it remains dry in Scotland.
A clutch of York rivals who were well held that day reoppose at Ayr, but Al Fareej will be more streetwise than most.
Doc Charm was most disappointing at Glorious Goodwood, but compensation awaits in the Enable Scotland Diamond Anniversary Nursery Handicap.
Trainer Keith Dalgleish thinks the world of this young colt, and it was not difficult to see why after he bolted up over course and distance in a six-furlong maiden in June.
Goodwood’s Richmond Stakes was then perhaps a shade idealistic, but while he finished last, Dalgleish must have left the Downs certain the juvenile did not do himself justice.
Doc Charm won his Ayr maiden on soft ground, but connections believe he could be even sharper on less forgiving terrain, which bodes well ahead of this race, for which he is feasibly treated on a mark of 84.
* Selections -
AYR: 1.30 Lostock Hall, 2.05 Doc Charm, 2.40 Yeeoow, 3.10 Pea Shooter, 3.45 AL FAREEJ (NAP), 4.20 Longshadow, 4.50 Pigeon Pie, 5.20 Inspector Norse.
LISTOWEL: 2.00 Teeline, 2.35 Slipper Orchid, 3.05 Call Me Pj, 3.40 Que Sera Sera, 4.10 Rock Critic, 4.45 Bless The Wings, 5.15 Snapchat, 5.50 Res Ipsa Loquitur.
NEWTON ABBOT: 2.15 Whatdoesthefoxsay, 2.50 Drum Valley, 3.25 Celesta, 4.00 Easily Pleased, 4.35 An Capall Mor, 5.05 Fitandproperjob, 5.40 Houston Dynimo.
NEWBURY: 1.50 Desert Force, 2.25 Rhombus, 3.00 Sloane Avenue, 3.35 Best Of Times, 4.05 Timba, 4.40 Glen Moss, 5.10 Starwatch.
WORCESTER: 3.50 Kilbree Kid, 4.25 Sublime Talent, 4.55 Whatthebutlersaw, 5.30 Annaroe, 6.00 Bathwick Man, 6.30 Over The Air, 7.00 Unwanted Gift.
DOUBLE: Al Fareej and Best Of Times.