May 14, 2022 - Newmarket, Race 4, Alw, GBP £10,000, 6.0F, .0000

Mawj (Ire), F, 2, 2020 by Exceed and Excel (Aus)

1st Dam: Modern Ideals (GB), by New Approach (Ire)
2nd Dam: Epitome (Ire), by Nashwan
3rd Dam: Proskona, by Mr. Prospector

Owner: Godolphin
Breeder: Godolphin (Ire)
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor

A day before her GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf-winning half-brother Modern Games (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) is set to tackle the G1 Emirates Poule d'Essai des Poulains, the juvenile Mawj (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) did her own bit for family pride when powering to TDN Rising Star status at Newmarket. Sent off the outsider of three Godolphin runners in the six-furlong Denbury Homes British EBF Fillies' Novice S. at 12-1, the Saeed bin Suroor-trained homebred tracked the leaders travelling strongly under Ray Dawson. Launched on the stand's rail to lead passing the furlong pole, the April-foaled bay strode clear for an emphatic 4 3/4-length verdict over Believing (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}), with Amo Racing's 400,000gns Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up graduate Distinguished Lady (Fr) (Zoustar {Aus}) three lengths away in third. Mawj, who was winning the race that launched TDN Rising Star Cachet (Ire) (Aclaim {Ire}) 12 months ago, becomes the fourth in that bracket by her sire.

This looked a contest of significant note, with several fillies held in high regard including the heavily-supported 5-2 favourite Inverlochy (Fr) (Oasis Dream {GB}) from the Simon and Ed Crisford set-up and the Charlie Appleby-trained Fairy Cross (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), a daughter of Devonshire (Ire) (Fast Company {Ire}), who were fourth and fifth respectively and spreadeagled by the winner. Saeed Bin Suroor, who was not at the track, said, "She is a nice filly and she has always shown plenty of speed at home. She will improve for this and we will look for a better class race now. She will probably go to the [G3] Albany. Hopefully she is a filly with a nice future." Ray Dawson added, "She is very nice. They had not pushed too many buttons at home, so today was the test but she has passed that with flying colours. Once that gap opened up near the rail, she was gone. She has got plenty of class."

Mawj is the fifth foal out of Modern Ideals (GB) (New Approach {Ire}), who apart from Modern Games has also produced the 4-year-old Modern News (GB) (Shamardal) who took the Listed Royal Windsor S. in impressive fashion on Monday. Modern Ideals is a half-sister to the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere-winning sire Ultra (Ire) (Manduro {Ger}), the G3 Prix Minerve winner Synopsis (Ire) (In the Wings {GB}) and the dual stakes-placed Epic Similie (GB) (Lomitas {GB}), with the latter also being responsible for the G2 July S. and G3 Sirenia S. runner-up Figure of Speech (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). This is the Gerald Leigh family of the GII Canadian H. scorer Calista (GB) (Caerleon), the brilliant Bosra Sham (Woodman) and high-class Hector Protector and Shanghai which also includes the G1 Criterium International-winning sire Act One (GB). The dam's yearling filly is by Mastercraftsman (Ire).

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