Al Jazi so impressive for Canford Cliffs

Al Shaqab Racing’s Al Jazi (4f Canford Cliffs-Rainbow Crossing, by Cape Cross) looked a contender for top sprinting honours this season after winning impressively on her comeback at Maisons-Laffitte on Tuesday.

The Francois Rohaut-trained filly finished late to win the Listed Prix Servanne over six furlongs and connections are now considering a step up to G1 company.

“Al Jazi looked in very good shape,” said Rupert Pritchard-Gordon, French racing manager to Al Shaqab. “After she ran in America last year she had a good break in the paddocks at Haras de Bouquetot.

“She may not have beaten champions today but it was a bit out of the ordinary to cover that distance in such a short time. She has strengthened well and really looks a sprinter with a powerful backend.

“Her trainer will decide on her programme. She could stay in France for races like the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest and I put her in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot today. She should have a really good year ahead of her.”

Bred by Skymarc Farm, Al Jazi was sold for €160,000 as a yearling at Arqana to the Mandore International agency.

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