Graff has high hopes for Five Stars
Former amateur jump jockey Markus Graff is hopeful he may have unearthed a potential Classic contender as the now owner plans to test his exciting filly Five Stars in Listed company before the end of the season.
The Mark Johnston-trained two-year-old is bred to be smart given her sire is Sea The Stars, and her half-sister Loving Dream, who is 1000.00 for the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, has already impressed by winning the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot in the summer.
Five Stars is quite exciting.Markus Graff
Five Stars made winning start
Five Stars made a winning debut over a mile at Yarmouth in August at odds of 11/1 and followed up recently under Joe Fanning when favourite for a 7½f novice stakes at Beverley.
Graff, a Swiss native who rode as an amateur in Aldaniti's Grand National in 1981, has the Silver Tankard Stakes at Pontefract and the Montrose Stakes at Newmarket under consideration for the remaining part of the season as he plots a potential route towards next year’s Cazoo Oaks at Epsom.
Graff has big expectations
Graff said: "When you buy a horse at the sales you have a dream and I bought her with the dream to win the Oaks, but I don't know if she's good enough. The future will tell us.
"Five Stars is quite exciting and she's done everything we've asked of her. Mark and his son Charlie were very pleased after Beverley because a furlong out they challenged her and she dug in to win comfortably at the end. I assume she deserves to run in a Listed race next and there are two in mind."