Rockfel Stakes 2023: Carla’s Way rocks at Newmarket

Another potential Breeders’ Cup contender showed her hand at Newmarket on Friday, when Carla’s Way made her stakes breakthrough in the G2 Rockfel Stakes 2023 to leave connections pondering a trip to California in November.

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Rockfel Stakes

G2, £107,000, 7f turf, 2yo fillies

Carla’s shows the way

There was a mild upset in the Rockfel at Newmarket on Friday, when Carla’s Way made her stakes breakthrough with a dominant defeat of the favourite Shuwari and Ylang Ylang, earning a free pass into the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in the process.

The 7-2 third-choice was the only one to follow the brisk pace of Spiritual, and when that one cried enough a furlong and a half out Carla’s Way was in the perfect spot to take advantage.

She ran on strongly up the final climb for an easy score, two and a quarter lengths clear of Shuwari, who raced in last place to past halfway before keeping on late. The second-choice Ylang Ylang was the first beaten but plodded on for third, another two and a half lengths further back.

Rockfel Stakes 2023 Race Video


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“The guys at home have done a great job getting her to relax,” said jockey James Doyle. “Today she did what we expected her to do.”

Carla’s Way is now two-for-four and a trip to the Breeders’ Cup is a possibility, with trainer Simon Crisford saying: “A quick, two-turn mile in California could suit her. It is either that or finish her off for the year.”

Rockfel Stakes 2023 Race Payouts

HorseWin (£)Place (£)
1. Carla’s Way4.501.90
2. Shuwari 1.50
3. Ylang Ylang 

Winning time: 1m 23.01s

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