Frankel's Ejaabiyah Surges To TDN Rising Stardom At Kempton

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Emirates Park's Ejaabiyah (GB) (Frankel {GB}–Estijaab {Aus}, by Snitzel {Aus}) was denied a debut run with the abandonment of Yarmouth's Oct. 24 meeting, but made up for lost time and attained 'TDN Rising Star' status with a highly impressive display in Wednesday's Unibet/British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Novice S. at Kempton. She becomes the 37th Rising Star for Frankel, whose list includes this term's G1 Fillies' Mile heroine Ylang Ylang (GB) and G2 Golden Fleece S. victor Diego Velazquez (Ire).

The 6-1 chance raced along the rail in fourth through the early strides and inched into third tracking a modest pace approaching halfway. Shaken up passing the quarter-mile pole, she unleashed a powerful burst of acceleration to seize control with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining and surged clear in the latter stages to easily outclass Sattwaa (Ire) (Saxon Warrior {Jpn}) by six lengths.

“It was a taking performance and I really enjoyed that,” said winning rider David Egan. “With the slow pace, she travelled nicely and I thought Luke [Morris] did a good job stacking them up in front, so I wanted to keep tabs on him. I got her rolling early, she had a terrific turn of foot and I loved the way she galloped out after the line. She's a beautiful looking filly by Frankel out of a Golden Slipper winner, so she's regally bred and quite smart too. She'd have won over any trip today. Hopefully, she'll tune up over the winter and be a nice filly next year.”

Ejaabiyah, who holds an entry in next year's G1 Irish Oaks, is the first of two reported foals out of G1 Golden Slipper-winning Australian champion juvenile filly Estijaab (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}). The January-foaled homebred bay's dam is a daughter of dual Australian Group 1 winner Response (Aus) (Charge Forward {Aus}), who also produced Estijaab's G3 Concorde S.-winning full-brother Remarque (Aus) and the stakes-placed Alter Call (Aus) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}). Alter Call, in turn, is the dam of the stakes-placed Altermatum (Aus) (Zoustar {Aus}). Ejaabiyah is half to a yearling filly by Night Of Thunder (Ire).

3rd-Kempton, £6,800, Nov, 11-15, 2yo, f, 8f (AWT), 1:40.01, st/sl.
EJAABIYAH (GB), f, 2, by Frankel (GB)
1st Dam: Estijaab (Aus) (G1SW-Aus, $1,948,724), by Snitzel (Aus)
2nd Dam: Response (Aus), by Charge Forward (Aus)
3rd Dam: Live It Up (Aus), by Match Winner (Fr)
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $4,590. Click for the free catalogue-style pedigree.
O/B-Emirates Park Pty Ltd (GB); T-Roger Varian; J-David Egan.


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