September 21, 2022 - KEMPTON PARK, Race 4, Alw, GBP £9,900, 8.0F, .0000

Laurel (GB), F, 3, 2019 by Kingman (GB)

1st Dam: Promising Lead (GB) (G1SW-Ire, GSW-Eng, G1SP-Fr, $444,880), by Danehill
2nd Dam: Arrive (GB), by Kahyasi (Ire)
3rd Dam: Kerali (GB), by High Line (GB)

Owner: Juddmonte
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd. (GB)
Trainer: John & Thady Gosden

It may be a bit late in the day for a 3-year-old to earn TDN Rising Star status, but Juddmonte's Laurel (GB) (Kingman {GB}-Promising Lead {GB}, by Danehill) achieved the rare feat with a dazzling display at Kempton on Wednesday evening. Carrying a penalty for the fixture's mile novice for fillies and mares, having made a lasting impression when scoring on debut over this trip at Newmarket July 29, the John and Thady Gosden-trained daughter of the G1 Pretty Polly S. heroine was anchored in mid-pack early hemmed on the rail by a confident Benoit De La Sayette.

Despite the slow pace throughout, the 1-2 favourite was able to surge from a position that would have compromised lesser mortals and swamp the well-regarded Pure Dignity (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) approaching the furlong marker. Powering clear from there, the homebred registered a two-length verdict over that fellow Newmarket debut winner and EUR2.5million Arqana Deauville September Sale topper who is a half-sister to Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), Sistercharlie (Ire) (Myboycharlie {Ire}) and My Sister Nat (Fr) (Acclamation {GB}). Another Newmarket scorer, Lady Bamford's One Morning (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}), gave the result a solid feel a further 1 1/2 lengths away in third.

"They didn't go a strong pace, I got a lovely lead and she got to the line strongly and gave me an amazing feel," the winning rider said. Thady Gosden was on hand and added, "She picked up very well and had come on from Newmarket. She has plenty of size and has taken time to mature into her frame. She showed plenty of speed there and there is no reason to step her up immediately. We'll see how she is and make a plan."

Laurel, who becomes a remarkable 29th TDN Rising Star for her sire, is the eighth foal out of Promising Lead who also captured the G3 Middleton S. and was second in the G1 Prix de l'Opera alongside her Curragh career-best. She has yet to produce a black-type performer, but her daughter Surcingle (Empire Maker) is the dam of the GIII Berkeley H.-placed Sash (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}). Promising Lead's half-sister Visit (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) was successful in the G3 Oak Tree S. and G3 Princess Margaret S. and third in the G1 Sun Chariot S. before heading Stateside and running second in the GI Gamely S. and GI Yellow Ribbon S. and third in the GI Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf and GI Matriarch S.

Visit was in turn responsible for the dual stakes winner and dual graded-stakes placed Western Reserve (Indian Charlie), while her full-sister Revered (GB) produced the G3 Autumn S.-winning sire Commemorative (GB) (Zamindar) and her half-sister Occurrence (GB) (Frankel {GB}) threw the Listed Patton S. scorer and triple group 3-placed Juncture (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}). The third dam Kerali (GB) (High Line {GB}) is the dam of the operation's great producer Hasili (Ire) (Kahyasi {Ire}), whose remarkable list of top-class progeny is well documented and whose best descendants by Kingman so far are the GIII Poker S. winner and GI Maker's Mark Mile runner-up Masen (GB) and the G3 Hampton Court S. winner Sangarius (GB). Promising Lead's last known foal is the Ralph Beckett-trained 2-year-old full-brother to the winner, Leadenhall (GB), who was fifth on debut at Sandown last week.

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