TDN RISING STARS

May 22, 2021 - GOODWOOD, Race 1, Msw, GBP £9,000, 6.0F, .0000

Flotus (Ire), F, 2, 2019 by Starspangledbanner (Aus)

1st Dam: Floriade (Ire), by Invincible Spirit (Ire)
2nd Dam: Sharapova (Ire), by Elusive Quality
3rd Dam: Naazeq (GB), by Nashwan

Owner: J-E Dubois, B Kwok, E Babington, et al
Breeder: Newtown Stud & T J Pabst (Ire)
Trainer: Simon & Ed Crisford

Simon and Ed Crisford trainee Flotus (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) was slowly into stride for Saturday's MansionBet Bet 10 Get 20 EBF Maiden Fillies' S. at Goodwood, but she overturned that early deficit to register a hugely impressive triumph in the six-furlong test, earning 'TDN Rising Star' status and a ticket to Royal Ascot. The 7-4 favourite was keen under attempted restraint after breaking slowly and settled into a smooth rhythm once eased away from cover. Looming large out wide after halfway, she seized the initiative passing the quarter-mile marker and surged clear in style under minimal coaxing inside the final furlong to easily overpower Prism (Ire) (Fast Company {Ire}) by 4 3/4 lengths.

"She's done everything right at home and we like her a lot, but we were worried about the [soft] ground more than anything," said stable representative Les Reynolds. "She moves very well, we have high hopes for her and, hopefully, she'll be aiming towards the [June 18 G3] Albany. She fell out of the gate and was a bit green when she hit the front, but she could only go and do what she could do. She looks like she'll develop into a nice filly for later so it's not just about her 2-year-old career."

Flotus, half-sister to a yearling colt by Camacho {GB}), is the fourth of five foals and second scorer produced by a winning full-sister to G1 Phoenix S. third Lottie Dod (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). Her dam is also a half-sister to G2 Railway S. and G3 Round Tower S. placegetter Rockaway Valley (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}). The February-foaled bay's second dam Sharapova (Ire) (Elusive Quality) is a half-sister to GI Spinster S. runner-up Tamweel (Gulch).

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