Artistic Jewel (2f Excellent Art-Danish Gem, by Danehill) looked an outstanding prospect when running away with a Windsor maiden on her debut on Monday night.
The well-backed Excellent Art filly readily saw off odds-on favourite Royal Red by two and three-quarter lengths with another five lengths back to the third in the five-furlong maiden.
The Racing Post Analysis stated: “A newcomer powered clear of the hot favourite in this fillieś maiden in which they finished well strung out. ARTISTIC JEWEL was never far away and produced a storming run out wide to win in good style on debut. There was probably not much strength in depth and the runner-up is starting to look exposed, but this was still a striking performance.”
Trainer Ed McMahon won last year’s G3 Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot with Electric Waves and this filly, who was bred by Jim McDonald, looks set to follow the same path.
McMahon told www.racingpost.com: “We’ve taken our time with Artistic Jewel and she’s grown and filled out. It’s nice to have a couple of good two-year-olds and mine are usually ready, because it is not a good advertisement to have them flailing around at the back. We won the G3 Cornwallis Stakes last year with Electric Waves and we might think about going there, although it was soft last year and this one wouldn’t want it too soft.”
Excellent Art has made a brilliant start with his first two-year-olds and another name for the notebook could be Incendiary (2c Excellent Art-Clytha, by Mark Of Esteem), trained by rookie Newmarket handler Hugo Palmer.
In an interview in this week’s Weekender, Palmer states: “I think potentially the nicest two-year-old I’ve got is an Excellent Art colt named Incendiary. He worked well on Saturday and will be ready in a month.”