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Mawj runner-up in G3 Albany Stakes


Juvenile filly Mawj backed up the promise of an impressive debut success with a rallying second in the G3 Albany Stakes on day four of Royal Ascot, Friday, 17 June.

The half-sister to Modern Games, who won by nearly five lengths on her introduction for Saeed bin Suroor in May, broke well and soon tracked the leaders of the main group that raced towards far rail.

Ray Dawson asked Mawj for her effort approaching the final quarter-mile and she stayed on well after briefly being outpaced to go second over half a furlong from home.

The Exceed And Excel filly saw out the stiff six furlongs well and closed on Meditate all the way to the line, going down by a length and three-quarters.

Saeed bin Suroor said: “Mawj ran a good race to finish second and I am very pleased with her. It looks like she needs further and we will look at stepping her up to seven furlongs for her next start.”

Ray Dawson added: “I tracked the winner, but she had just a little more natural speed and a bit more experience. Mawj is still learning and could probably do with stepping up a furlong or two, but she has run well.”