Albany Stakes preview: Daahyeh fancied to follow-up in juvenile Group 3 at Royal Ascot

Published on: June 20, 2019
Author: David Metcalf
2019 Albany Stakes preview from Royal Ascot

Having created a big impression when winning on debut, Daahyeh looks capable of taking the step up into Group 3 company in her stride and follow-up in the 6f Albany Stakes for juvenile fillies that kicks-off proceedings on Friday’s card at Royal Ascot (14:30).

That victory came in a nine-runner novice contest at Newmarket where the Roger Varian daughter of Bated Breath beat Raffle Prize by 1 3/4 lengths.

Daahyeh raced very green in the early stages and quickly found herself at the rear and playing catch-up. However, when the penny final began to drop she made good headway two form home to take up the running approaching the final furlong.

She then ran on very strongly to win going away in the manner of an above-average sort.
It was a most taking display and the runner-up has since bolted up by five lengths at Chester, before landing the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at this meeting earlier in the week.

That gives the form a tremendously strong look and Daahyeh is sure to have learned plenty from her first assignment. Further progression looks assured and Daayeh looks decent value at the 5/1 on offer with Bethard to take this en route to even better things.

Nayibeth the big hope for Ward

Nayibeth has been widely touted as the best chance of the week for crack American trainer Wes Ward to bag a winner, so commands the utmost respect.

This daughter of Carpe Diem was sent off long odds-on when scoring in sensational style on debut in a maiden special weight contest on the dirt at Keeneland over four and a half furlongs.

She made all under a hands and heels ride from Joel Roraio, showing explosive speed before cruising clear to beat stable companion Owlette by 4 1/4 lengths in a good time.

Pollytiz, who finished a further eight lengths back in third, has come out and won since at Woodbine to give the form a boost.

Nayibeth never came off the bridle and it was an utterly dominant display which marked her out as something potentially. The big question now is whether she can be as effective on turf over a furlong and a half further.

Her breeding suggests both shouldn’t be a problem, as Nayibeth is a half-sister to former high-class US two-year-old Soldat who won a Grade 3 over a mile at Saratoga as a juvenile before coming second on turf at the Breeders’ Cup. William Hill go 11/2 about Nayibeth giving Ward his first winner of this race.

Celtic Beauty appeals each-way at huge odds

Of those in double figure odds, Celtic Beauty appeals each-way at 25/1 with Paddy Power, who are paying a fifth of the outright odds for the first five.

Trained in Ireland by Ken Condon, this daughter of No Nay Never was a big eye-catcher on debut at Naas when denied a clear run, before keeping on under tender handling to be nearest at the finish when a five-length fourth of 13 to Pace Charter.

Celtic Beauty was then pitched into Group 3 company at the same venue and ran a blidner when a length third to Etoile.

She travelled very strongly for much of the contest and kept on really nicely to be gaining all the way to the line.

Celtic Beauty finished just half-a-length behind the runner-up Peache Charter, so clearly improved plenty since their previous clash.

Those runs suggest Celtic Beauty has the talent to make an impact in this and hit the frame at least. Hence she had to feature as the each-way punt in this Albany Stakes preview.