April 19, 2023 - Newmarket, Race 5, Msw, GBP £30,000, 5.0F, .0000

Persian Dreamer, F, 2, 2021 by Calyx (GB)

1st Dam: Surprisingly (Ire), by Galileo (Ire)
2nd Dam: Lesson In Humility (Ire), by Mujadil
3rd Dam: Vanity (Ire), by Thatching (Ire)

Owner: Amo Racing Limited
Breeder: Diamond Creek Farm (KY)
Trainer: Dominic Ffrench Davis

Newmarket's Craven meeting comes up pretty fast in the life of a 2-year-old, but it can also be a hotbed for genuine talent and that was the case on Wednesday as Amo Racing's Persian Dreamer provided Coolmore's first-season sire Calyx (GB) with a second winner and very early TDN Rising Star. Attracting attention ahead of the valuable five-furlong British EBF Maiden Fillies' S., the Dominic ffrench Davis-trained bay who was a EUR145,000 Goffs Orby yearling looked the part from the outset with Kevin Stott holding on to her behind the leaders racing up the middle. Asked the slightest of questions to move into contention approaching two out, the 11-4 second favourite was soon in control and readily asserted to score by 3 1/4 lengths from the 85-40 market-leader Dorothy Lawrence (GB) (Soldier's Call {GB}).

"She is a nice quality filly and she has always shown a bit of class at home," the winning trainer said. "Royal Ascot is the target. She is not an out-and-out early five-furlong two-year-old and is well up in my pecking order. Certainly of the fillies she is the best."

"We love the mare, and we loved the filly," Diamond Creek Farm's Adam Bowden, who bred Persian Dreamer, told TDN Europe. "We flew over specifically to watch her sell at Goffs last fall and we felt confident if she ended up in the right hands that she could be anything.I have been a huge fan of Kingman since he was a racehorse and Calyx was a brilliantly fast son of his. We were looking for a first-crop speed horse for the mare and she was boarded at Coolmore in Ireland. It fit the plan and it has worked out to perfection so far. We are rooting for AMO Racing and all her connections."

Surprisingly, Surprisingly has the distinction of having produced back-to-back TDN Rising Stars, with her 3-year-old daughter Queen Olly (Ire) (No Nay Never) handed the tag last May before placing in the G2 Duchess of Cambridge S. Calyx, who was Kingman's first winner and first TDN Rising Star, was out later than the winner but was still able to take the G2 Coventry S. and a Royal winner from his first crop is more than feasible.

Surprisingly, who raced for Dermot Weld in Susan Magnier's colours, is a full-sister to Tiger Moth (Ire) who captured the G3 Kilternan S. and was runner-up in the G1 Irish Derby and G1 Melbourne Cup. Also a full-sibling of the G3 Balanchine Grangecon Stud S.-placed Butterscotch (Ire) and a half to the Listed Marble Hill S.-winning sire Coach House (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}), she is out of the G3 Ballyogan S. scorer and G1 Golden Jubilee S. and G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest-placed Lesson in Humility (Ire) (Mujadil) who was a 675,000gns purchase at the 2010 Tatts December Mares Sale.


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