There were smiles all round from the Cumani family after Silk Sari ran out a deeply impressive winner of the DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster this afternoon.
The 8/1 shot was always travelling sweetly under Andrea Atzeni and he barely had to move a muscle as the filly eased into the lead a furlong and a half from home to put the race to bed.
It turned into a procession in the end as the four-year-old recorded a five length victory to not only give trainer Luca Cumani another Group race success but also a victory for owners Fittocks Stud, which the Italian runs with his wife, Sara, who is the manager.
"I must say that I am surprised," said the trainer.
"I thought that she would run well because she has been in excellent form and looks great for the time of year. I thought she would run a good race but, to win like that, was unexpected.
"She will be going to Dubawi. He is a super sire, one of the best and on a par with Galileo. She will suit him physically and it will suit on bloodlines, attitudes and racing style. We might have one more run with her beforehand. There's a one mile, five furlong Group race for fillies on Arc weekend in France.
"She has been brilliant all of the time. She has done nothing but improve as a good staying filly by Dalakhani from a great family should. I trained her grand-dam Gossamer, who won the Irish Guineas, and she was a very, very good filly. It's a great family with great success and I am very pleased."
Atzeni was also wreathed in smiles after he notched up another big-race victory.
"She is a lovely filly," said the jockey.
"She travelled beautifully in behind and they went a nice gallop, which suited her. She won going away. She won a Listed race last time well enough and I think that she is just improving so much all of the time. I thought that she would run well but I didn't think that she was going to win that well."