MY tour of stud farms this week took in a visit to the Aga Khan’s Gilltown Stud to see the stallions and feast my eyes on the wonderful setting of the farm. This was just days after the Frankel (Galileo) three-year-old Zarkamiya had created a good impression when winning the Listed Prix de Thiberville at ParisLongchamp and connections will hope this is a step on the way to winning at group level.

On pedigree she would be entitled to go all the way to Group 1 as she is by one of the best racehorses of all time in the unbeaten Frankel and out of the unbeaten dual champion racemare Zarkava, the brilliant daughter of Zamindar (Gone West).