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Newmarket preview: Shadwell Rockfel Stakes (15.05)

| 25.09.2015

Doubly Motivated created a big impression when scoring last time out and can take another step forward to land a wide open renewal of the Group 2 Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket (15.05).

The Charlie Hills trained filly shaped with bags of promise on debut when runner-up to Diploma in a 7f maiden on the July course at this venue.

After showing plenty of pace to chase the leader, Doubly Motivated put in a strong run inside the last to be gaining at the line and beaten just a neck despite edging left.

The daughter of Iffraaj then showed the benefit of that experience when easily landing a 1m maiden at Lingfield 13 days ago.

Doubly Motivated travelled powerfully throughout, and after being produced to lead entering the final furlong quickened clear to put the race to bed instantly and win by eight lengths.

Although what she beat is debatable, the manner of the victory suggested Doubly Motivated had a huge engine and needed keeping firmly onside.

Doubly Motivated is also a strapping sort open to tons of improvement, and looks well worth a crack at this level for a yard that are enjoying a tremendous season.

There are plenty of dangers and potential improvers in opposition, but Hawksmoor brings the strongest form into the race and looks the obvious danger to Doubly Motivated.

The Hugo Palmer trained filly created a fine impression when scoring on debut at Kempton, and was then far from disgraced when a 2 1/2 length sixth of seven to Blue Bayou in the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes.

Hawksmoor then got back to winning ways when landing a Group 3 contest at Goodwood when last seen in action, overcoming a slow start to get up close home and score by a nose.

There was plenty to like about the way in which the daughter of Azamour dug deep to get the job done, and the form reads well in the context of this contest.

Coral’s top tip: Doubly Motivated looks decent value to take the step up into Group company in her stride and provide trainer Charlie Hills with another big race success



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.