First juvenile filly winner
The juvenile filly Companion, owned by the Duchess of Roxburghe, is by Dark Angel out of the Street Sense mare, Merry Jaunt. She beat five rivals with a gutsy display over five furlongs in a maiden fillies’ stakes at Yarmouth on April 23, ridden by Silvestre de Sousa. The pace was set by Quiet Place, with Endless Joy racing in second and Companion tracking them. Two furlongs out, Endless Joy joined Quiet Place in the lead, but they were soon joined by Companion.
A protracted duel began between Quiet Place and Companion which lasted all the way to the line, but in the shadow of the post, Companion got the better of her rival to win by a short head, with Endless Joy a length and a half back in third.
“Companion is not very big but was all heart,” winning jockey de Sousa told the Klarion after the race.
“We got a nice tow into the race and she battled on well.” Companion’s dam Merry Jaunt is a half-sister to the Hollywood Derby (Gr.1) winner Seek Again. She was unraced as a juvenile but won over a mile and a quarter at three.