Fantail (Zoffany) Wins Fillies Novice Stakes at Chelmsford

Fantail another Classic prospect for Zoffany

Fantail (3f Zoffany - Red Fantasy, by High Chaparral) trained by Simon Crisford, is a potential Classic prospect to look forward to this year in the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing silks having won her only start as a juvenile last term.

Highclere managing director Harry Herbert said: "I think we've got some nice horses. We've got a lovely filly with Simon, Fantail, she won her only start impressively and he holds her in high regard. She has a proper physique on her and could be something.

Showing the regard in which Fantail is held, Herbert revealed the daughter of Zoffany could have made her debut at Royal Ascot.

He said: "That day at Chelmsford (pictured) she was pretty free early on, and then won going away from the front, which I think is a very good sign. I'd be surprised if she's not pretty decent.

"Interestingly, Simon was considering running her first time up in the Chesham. She just got a minor setback, which probably was a blessing in disguise, but for someone as shrewd as Simon to say he was thinking of running a filly first time up in the Chesham, she must have shown him something at home.

"She might be a bit special. The plan had we been racing would be to start in a Guineas trial, either here or in France, and go from there."