Noon Star a Rising Star
Wetherby acted as the stage for the re-entry of a potential top-class filly on Sunday as regally-bred Noon Star took the opening Fillies' Novice Stakes, earning TDN Rising Star status in the process.
Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 26th April 2021:
Last seen winning over an extended mile at Nottingham in October, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained daughter of the celebrated Midday (Oasis Dream) and full-sister to the Gr.3 Sandown Classic Trial winner Midterm (Galileo) was under a seven-pound penalty tracking the early pace. Committed by Richard Kingscote with two furlongs remaining, the 4-5 favourite drew away to win by two and a half lengths from the Gosden trainee Loving Dream, with six lengths back to that rival's stablemate Franklet (Frankel) in third.
"She's a lovely-bred filly who has done everything right so far and learnt each time," her rider commented of the Gr.1 Epsom Oaks-entered winner, the sixth foal of the multiple Group 1 winner who looks certain to throw one of her ilk at some point.
He continued: "She's a very laid-back filly in all her work and very responsive at the racecourse. She does as she's asked and is a very straightforward, very sweet filly. I'm sure connections will ponder the Oaks and she is bred to go that way."
Winning this race which also played host to the subsequent Gr.2 Hardwicke Stakes winner Fanny Logan two years ago, Noon Star who had caught the eye when third on debut over seven furlongs at Salisbury in September has a headstart on her dam in terms of the wins-to-runs ratio. Midday took three starts to break her maiden before slowly entering the stratosphere with a trio of triumphs in the Gr.1 Nassau Stakes and wins in the Gr.1 Yorkshire Oaks, Gr.1 Prix Vermeille and Gr.1 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.