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21 Apr 2015

Kurland Heads to Royal Ascot After Impressive Debut

Newmarket handler Martyn Meade unleashed a talented two-year-old at the Rowley Mile on Thursday [16th April] and plans to go straight to the Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) on June 17. 

This daughter of Kheleyf out of talented mare Bunditton was well backed starting 8/1 on her debut in a five-furlong maiden contest. This grey looks a bargain buy costing just 15,500 euros as a foal when purchased by Ladywood Stud. It was an eye-catching performance - just out of a canter - to record a three-and-three-quarter-length victory.

 Meade said: "Fergus (Sweeney, jockey) was quite impressed and said that he could have maybe won on the bridle.

"I'd always thought she was really nice at home but you are never quite sure until they get to the track.

"She has come out of the race really well and has been bucking and squealing, which I am really pleased about.

"I think I will stick to my original plan and go straight to the Queen Mary as I don't think she needs to have too much racing.

"The dam, from as far as I know, was a bit buzzy and I don't want to risk her as I have her nicely settled now. 

"I don't really want to break her routine so we will work her accordingly and tell her when we need her to wake up again.

" Profiles Kurland While Meade is content with sticking at the minimum distance for the time being, he is hopeful Kurland will get further in time.

The Newmarket handler said: "She should go seven furlongs, without any doubt, though whether she progresses any further than that I don't know.

"If she did get a mile that would be fantastic as then we could really start dreaming about next year."