Nicholls to make decision on whether Cyrname runs at Ascot or Wetherby on Thursday


Trainer Paul Nicholls to make decision on whether Cyrname runs at Ascot or Wetherby on Thursday

  • Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby had seemed the gelding’s definite target 
  • The Sodexho Gold Cup is also tempting due to his good record at Ascot
  • Nicholls will now delay his decision until declaration time on Thursday

Trainer Paul Nicholls will now delay his decision on whether Cyrname runs at Ascot or Wetherby on Saturday until declaration time on Thursday.

The Charlie Hall Chase at the West Yorkshire track had seemed the gelding’s definite target — and it still appears to have the edge.

But Nicholls said carrying top weight — Cyrname would have to give 15lb plus to his opponents — in the more valuable Sodexho Gold Cup at Ascot is also tempting given Cyrname’s good record at the Berkshire track.

Paul Nicholls will now delay his decision on Cyrname until declaration time on Thursday

Nicholls said: ‘I want to see what the ground is like at both tracks and have a little look and think.

‘Ascot is a valuable prize and Cyrname has always gone well there. He has a big weight but if he does run a lot of the others maybe won’t because they will be out of the handicap. It is an option worth considering.

‘The weight at Wetherby is a bit different but with Ballyoptic in there it will be an end-to-end gallop. Neither race will be a cake walk.

‘It is a bit of a headache but I want to run my horses in the right races and have a nice back-up in the Charlie Hall in Black Corton.’

Entries for the next week’s Breeders’ Cup are unveiled on Wednesday. Aidan O’Brien should have at least eight runners headed by Magical and Mogul in the mile and a half Turf, a race he has won six times.

Others in the O’Brien team bound for Keeneland in Kentucky include Circus Maximus and Lope Y Fernandez (Mile) and Battleground (Juvenile Turf).

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy, 25, rode his 1,000th winner in Britain on Perfect Sign at Southwell yesterday.

Meanwhile, the importance and future of the on-course betting market has been dealt a blow with news that Ladbrokes and Coral are to depart the arena after their 106 pitches in Britain and Ireland were sold by parent company GVC.



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Hollie Doyle enjoys dream end to the season with first Group One victory on Champions Day at Ascot


Jockey Hollie Doyle enjoys dream end to the season with first Group One victory and boyfriend Tom Marquand triumphs twice on Champions Day

  • Doyle landed her first Group one success with Glen Shiel on Saturday
  • Doyle also won the Group Two Long Distance Cup on Trueshan at Ascot 
  • Marquand triumphed in the day’s big race, the Champion Stakes, on Addeybb

British Champions Day at Ascot topped off a dream season for jockey Hollie Doyle when she won two of the six races including the first Group One victory of her career on Glen Shiel in the Champion Sprint Stakes.

Doyle also won the Group Two Long Distance Cup on Trueshan and was second in the Group One Fillies & Mares Stakes on Dame Malliot.

Her partner Tom Marquand put the seal on what has been a golden season for him, too, with a two-and-a-quarter-length win on Addeyybb in the feature Champion Stakes plus a two-and-a-quarter-length success on Jessica Harrington-trained Njord in the Balmoral Handicap.

Record-breaking jockey Hollie Doyle and Glen Shiel took the British Champions Sprint Stakes

Doyle cut out most of the running on Archie Watson-trained 16-1 shot Glen Shiel but had to galvanise him to find more after being headed in the final furlong by Oxted before holding off 80-1 Brando by a nose.

Doyle said: ‘I am in shock. It was too close for comfort. I am delighted I’ve done it on one of Archie’s horses because he has been a huge supporter.’

Reflecting on her dream season, Doyle added: ‘It’s been a bit of whirlwind. My aim at the start of the year was to ride a Group winner and I said a Group One would come one day. I didn’t think it would come this year.’ She joins Hayley Turner and Alex Greaves as British Group One-winning female Flat jockeys.

Tom Marquand triumphed in the day's big race, the Champion Stakes, on Addeybb

Tom Marquand triumphed in the day’s big race, the Champion Stakes, on Addeybb

Having also been signed up as the No 1 jockey for Derby-winning owner Imad Al Sagar, Doyle can look forward to more big opportunities.

She is the first female jockey to hold a genuine chance of becoming champion jockey. She stands fourth in the standings behind reigning champion Oisin Murphy and one place behind Marquand. He had to chase his girlfriend home until the William Haggas-trained Addeyybb struck. A real red-letter day for Doyle and Marquand but one to forget for the John Gosden-Frankie Dettori combo.

Stradivarius beat only one of the 13 starters in the Long Distance Cup, with Gosden saying he was unable to act in the testing Ascot going, and Mishriff was only eighth in the Champion Stakes.

Their odds-on favourite Palace Pier lost a shoe and his unbeaten record when beaten over three lengths in third in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes by The Revenant.



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Aidan O’Brien lines up powerful trio of Magical, Japan and Serpentine for Champion Stakes at Ascot


Aidan O’Brien lines up powerful trio of Magical, Japan and Serpentine for Champion Stakes at Ascot  

  • Superstar mare Magical will lead a strong team for O’Brien this Saturday 
  • The 2019 winner could be joined by stablemates Japan and Serpentine
  • The pair missed the Arc after being caught up in a contaminated feed issue

Aidan O’Brien’s says the trio of 2019 winner Magical, Japan and Derby winner Serpentine are likely to make up his challenge for the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Serpentine and Japan were among the O’Brien-trained horses which were pulled out of the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe on the eve of the race when the stable were caught up in a contaminated feed issue.

O’Brien said: ‘We had to think hard about it. For a long time they were being prepared for the Arc weekend and when you have to carry on for another two weeks it is not always ideal. You have to try to keep the momentum going and that can be tricky but they seem to be in good form.

 Aidan O’Brien-trained Derby winner Serpentine has been supplemented for the Arc on Sunday

‘We were really looking forward to the Arc with Serpentine and his prep race was very good and we felt he had moved up plenty from it.

‘The Champion Stakes has been Magical’s target since she won the Irish Champion Stakes. She has been a great filly and usually starts to progress in the Autumn. She ran in this race and loved it.

‘Ryan (Moore )always rides the No 1 horses and I would imagine that would be Magical.’

Grand Prix de Paris winner Mogul is also entered in the Champion Stakes but O’Brien said he is likely to be saved for a run in next month’s Breeders’ Cup Turf in the US.

That race had been an expected target of O’Brien’s 1,000 Guineas and Oaks winner Love but O’Brien said she was unlikely to run again this season while staying in training in 2021.

O’Brien has trained eight winners on British Champions day and plans to run Circus Maximus in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. He has won both his runs at Ascot in last season’s St James’s Palace Stakes and the Queen Anne Stakes in July.

Circus Maximusm, who could be joined in the race by stablemate Royal Dornoch, must make up the five and three-quarter lengths he was beaten by Saturday’s favourite Palace Pier in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville in August but O’Brien believes he has reason to believe that could happen.

O’Brien said: ‘Circus Maximus is a tough hardened horse who loves to get into a battle. The Jacques Le Marois was a pretty strongly run race and we went forward while Palace Pier took his time. The ground was very deep as well, and Deauville is a flat track whereas Ascot is stiffer. Our horse has run some big races there so we are looking forward to it.’

O’Brien plans to run Broome, Dawn Patrol and Sovereign in the Long Distance Cup while Lope Y Fernandez is a possible for the Champion Sprint but he could be saved for a tilt at the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

O’Brien’s Royal Ascot two-year-old winner Battleground, who has not run since winning the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, is being targeted at next month’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.



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Kameko unlikely to run at Ascot due to mixed weather conditions


‘The chances of him running are slim’: 2000 Guineas winner Kameko unlikely to be risked at Ascot due to mixed weather conditions, admits racing manager David Redvers

  • Ascot is set to be soft and heavy due to a mixed weather forecast this week
  • In his nine races, Kameko has never run on ground worse than Good 
  • Andrew Balding-trained Kameko won the 2000 Guineas this year in record time 

The likelihood of 2000 Guineas winner Kameko lining up in Saturday’s Qipco Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot are ‘slim’ according to David Redvers, racing manager to owners Qatar Racing.

Redvers said his team were reluctant to risk the Andrew Balding-trained colt, who is 5-1 second favourite behind odds-on market leader Palace Pier, on Ascot which is a combination of soft and heavy with a mixed weather forecast this week.

In a nine-race career, Kameko, a son of US stallion Kitten’s Joy, has never run on ground worse than Good.

Oisin Murphy rode Kameko to 2000 Guineas victory in record time at Newmarket Racecourse

‘The chances of him running are slim. I have to discuss it with Sheik Fahad and Andrew,’ Redvers said.

‘There are pedigree arguments he would go on soft but he has a beautiful action and if we ran him on bottomless ground it would jeopardise him going to the Breeders’ Cup. 

‘The odds on him running are drifting with any rain we have this week.’

Meanwhile, Clive Cox-trained Commonwealth Cup winner Golden Horde has been ruled out of Saturday’s British Champion Sprint Stakes.

Andrew Balding has trained Kameko to victories in the Vertem Futurity Trophy, the Joel Stakes and the 2000 Guineas

Andrew Balding has trained Kameko to victories in the Vertem Futurity Trophy, the Joel Stakes and the 2000 Guineas 



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Fujaira Prince follows up his Royal Ascot success with victory in York’s Sky Bet Ebor Handicap


Fujaira Prince follows up his Royal Ascot success with victory in York’s Sky Bet Ebor Handicap

  • The Andrea Atzeni-ridden 11-2 favourite landed the Sky Bet Ebor Handicap
  • Six-year-old was running for only the eighth time in his career on Saturday
  • Fujaira Prince landed the Copper Horse Handicap at Royal Ascot in June 

The endless patience shown in Fujaira Prince by owner Sheik Mohammed Obaid and trainer Roger Varian paid off again as the Andrea Atzeni-ridden 11-2 favourite landed the Sky Bet Ebor Handicap at York.

Varian describes the six-year-old, who was running for only the eighth time in his career, as fragile but that fragility is matched by talent.

Fujaira Prince landed the Copper Horse Handicap at Royal Ascot in June — his first race since being placed at the meeting 12 months earlier — and since then Varian had wrapped Atzeni’s mount in cotton wool for a shot at the biggest handicap in Europe.

Fujaira Prince followed up his Royal Ascot success with victory in York’s Sky Bet Ebor Handicap

Varian said: ‘He is a wonderful horse and I really am grateful to Sheik Mohammed Obaid because he has been incredibly patient with a horse who has been delicate to train. When he gives us days like this and the one at Royal Ascot he is worth every bit of the patience. This horse has needed nursing. Without the team’s hard work he wouldn’t have achieved what he has this year.

‘The expression “made of glass” would really apply to this guy. We space his races out and the biggest number of races he has ever had in a season is the three he had last year.’

Varian was not at York, choosing to spend the day with his parents 10 years and a day after the murder of his brother Christopher.

But on what must have been a difficult day, the Newmarket trainer was focusing on the future with Fujaira Prince.

He added: ‘I’m not sure if he is a Melbourne Cup horse but I think we could freshen him up and maybe look at the stayers’ race on Champions Day. Having said that, you can’t take anything for granted with this horse.’

Half-length runner-up in was Tim Easterby’s 25-1 shot Glencadam Glory, who rallied bravely after being headed a furlong out, while Verdana Blue finished best of all in third, beaten by two lengths.

Back in seventh was the tricky Scarlet Dragon, who cruised into the lead two furlongs out only to capitulate in a few strides.



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Phoenix Thoroughbreds to quit horse racing in the UK just a year after enjoying Royal Ascot glory


Troubled Phoenix Thoroughbreds to quit horse racing in the UK just a year after enjoying Royal Ascot glory

  • Big-spending organisation has announced it is to quit racing in the UK
  • Eleven trainers in Britain are affected, including John Quinn and Karl Burke
  • The Dubai-based company has denied allegations of money laundering

Troubled American organisation Phoenix Thoroughbreds have ceased their interest in UK racing.

The Dubai-based operation, which enjoyed Royal Ascot success with Signora Cabello and Advertise, was launched in 2017 as the ‘world’s first regulated thoroughbred fund’ and will continue to race in other countries.

Eleven trainers in Britain are affected, including John Quinn, Karl Burke and Peter Chapple-Hyam.

Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ highest profile horse Advertise was a winner at Royal Ascot this year

Founder Amer Abdulaziz Salman, who denied an allegation in a New York court last year that he was a key money launderer for fake cryptocurrency OneCoin, said: ‘It is with a heavy heart that Phoenix Thoroughbreds will no longer have our racing operations in the UK.

‘We have very much enjoyed working with our excellent partners and seeing our colours race at Ascot, Newmarket and further afield has been a dream come true for myself and everyone at Phoenix Thoroughbreds.

‘We have invested large amounts into the industry in the UK, helping to employ hundreds of staff both directly and indirectly. This has not been a decision we have taken lightly.

‘However, for the growth and wellbeing of our business and our partners internationally, we have taken the decision to leave the UK for the foreseeable future.

‘It saddens me greatly to have to do this but at this juncture we believe it is necessary.’

Meanwhile, Hamish, ante-post favourite for the Sky Bet Ebor, will miss the York feature and the rest of the season after suffering a setback.



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Enable claims third King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes win at Ascot


Enable claims an unprecedented third victory in the third King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes win at Ascot

  • Enable has officially won King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes for third time
  • The racing star was the 4-9 favourite to win her third King George this weekend
  • Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Enable passed the post five and a half lengths ahead 

Enable produced another sparkling display to claim an unprecedented third victory in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes.

John Gosden’s superstar mare was narrowly denied in her bid to become the first three-time winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last season – and has been kept in training as a six-year-old with the primary objective of putting that right in October.

However, she first had the chance to make history at Ascot, having become only the third dual King George winner – after Dahlia (1973 and 1974) and Swain (1997 and 1998) – when getting the better of a pulsating duel with Crystal Ocean 12 months ago.

Racing star, Enable has officially won King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes for third time

After delighting connections when finishing second behind Ghaiyyath on her reappearance in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown three weeks ago, Enable was the 4-9 favourite to claim her third King George – facing just two opponents in Aidan O’Brien’s pair of Japan and Sovereign.

Ridden by William Buick, last year’s surprise Irish Derby winner Sovereign cut out much of the running – opening up a significant advantage at one stage over Enable and Frankie Dettori and Japan under Ryan Moore.

However, it was clear rounding the home turn that the leader’s petrol tank was beginning to empty – while Dettori remained motionless aboard Enable and was even able to take a nonchalant look over his shoulder to see Japan toiling in behind.

Once given her head, Enable strode clear magnificently and passed the post five and a half lengths clear under her jubilant rider, with Sovereign filling the runner-up spot.

Gosden said: ‘With Anthony Van Dyck not there, it was obvious Sovereign would set a solid pace, not a mad one. Given Japan has won a Juddmonte International over 10 furlongs, he was always going to ride him to beat us for toe, but it went perfectly.

‘I’m always worried here when you get rain on quick ground, because they can lose their hind legs, but thankfully that didn’t happen.

‘Her work had been very good leading into this, and she was quite imperious today.

Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Enable passed the post five and a half lengths ahead of the rest

Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Enable passed the post five and a half lengths ahead of the rest

The racing star was the 4-9 favourite to win her third King George but faced competition from Aidan O'Brien's pair of Japan and Sovereign

The racing star was the 4-9 favourite to win her third King George but faced competition from Aidan O’Brien’s pair of Japan and Sovereign

‘It’s a pleasure to see when Frankie’s looking round, but if you do it too much you might fall off! She won it very nicely – I think he only gave her one flick.

‘As they get older, they get more professional and think once they are two or three lengths clear they can ease up, but you never know if another horse is coming.’

He added: ‘It was a small but elite field today. There aren’t that many about once Ghaiyyath elected to go to York, and the Oaks and Derby winners live at Ballydoyle. To that extent, the best were on show.

‘She trained really well for this. Last year Crystal Ocean was a hard nut to crack, and there was a certain Waldgeist in third, and we know what he went and did (won the Arc)

‘On the other hand, if she had won that day in France she wouldn’t have been here today.

‘I’d been very open that I let her come in her own time this year – she’s highly intelligent, she doesn’t need me to ask her too much, she brought herself here in top nick today.

‘Between her training herself and Frankie training her, sometimes there’s not much room for me!’

Enable looks likely to make her next appearance at next month’s Ebor Festival at York, before her bid for more history in Paris.

Gosden said: ‘York has always been on the agenda – there are two races (Juddmonte International and Yorkshire Oaks),and we’ll look at both, as we did last year.

‘York could be really exciting, with an exceptional Oaks winner (Love) heading there as well.



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Japan primed to wreck Enable’s bid to secure record third King George victory at Ascot


‘We always had it in our minds that this would be Japan’s first big target of the season: Aidan O’Brien’s star primed to wreck Enable’s bid to secure record third King George victory at Ascot

  • Enable will seek to secure record third King George victory at Ascot
  • O’Brien says Enable will have to overcome a Japan in peak condition on Saturday
  • Japan has always seemed the cream of O’Brien’s colt crop in a disrupted season

Aidan O’Brien says Enable will have to overcome a Japan in peak condition if she is to land an historic third King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes victory at Ascot on Saturday.

John Gosden has emphasised that Enable’s second place to Ghaiyyath in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown sharpened her up for this afternoon’s Group One prize.

But O’Brien, who also saddles 2019 Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck and 2019 Irish Derby winner Sovereign in the four-runner contest, says the same applies to his No 1 hope Japan, who was a head behind Enable when third in the Eclipse.

Japan has always seemed the cream of Aidan O’Brien’s colt crop in a disrupted season

That run followed a below-par comeback when fourth to Lord North in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. Japan was third in last year’s Derby, but always seemed the cream of O’Brien’s colt crop in a disrupted season. He won the Juddmonte International, the Grand Prix de Paris and was fourth in the Arc.

O’Brien said: ‘Everything in Japan’s two runs this year was about going to the King George. He got upset in the stalls and missed the break in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. The race didn’t suit and he got a little tired.

‘Then he ran a great race in the Eclipse Stakes. We felt he was going to progress big time for it. Everything about his work since has been very good.

‘We always had it in our minds that this would be Japan’s first big target of the season.’

Aidan O’Brien says Enable will have to overcome a Japan in peak condition on Saturday

Aidan O’Brien says Enable will have to overcome a Japan in peak condition on Saturday 

Gosden’s assertion that the competitive fire still burns brightly within Enable was probably backed up by her Eclipse effort.

But he has warned not to expect fireworks from a six-year-old mare who is a more measured performer than the exuberant three-year-old filly who won her first King George in 2017 by a sparkling four-and-a-half lengths from Ulysses.

Her neck success from Crystal Ocean last year was a thriller but one in which she always looked in control, with Frankie Dettori only giving Enable one flick of his whip as he nursed her home.

A third Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe win at Longchamp in October is the big aim but success today would be a major milestone. It would not only elevate her above Swain and Dahlia — the two other dual King George winners — but mean she had won 11 Group One races, one more than Frankel.

Victory would also see Dettori move level with Lester Piggott on seven wins in the race.

O’Brien has run 19 different horses against Enable and never beaten her but now hopes his time has come.

Dismissing chatter that Ballydoyle’s strength in numbers may be a tactical advantage as a ‘load of nonsense’, he added: ‘It will be a great race to watch — Frankie on Enable and Ryan Moore on Japan. It is going to be one of the great matches at a great track. It’s what racing is all about.’



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Aidan O’Brien team bid to deny Enable third King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes win at Ascot


Aidan O’Brien team bid to deny Enable recond-breaking third King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes win at Ascot

  • Aidan O’Brien is hoping one of his six entires can claim victory at Ascot
  • Enable is looking to win King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes for third time
  • John Gosden-trained stablemate Fanny Logan is also in the running on Saturday

The massed ranks of the Aidan O’Brien team stand between Enable and her attempt to make history by winning a third King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

O’Brien is responsible for six of the eight entries in British racing’s most prestigious midsummer middle-distance race.

With Enable joined by John Gosden-trained stablemate and Hardwicke Stakes winner Fanny Logan, the King George is a private shoot-out between the two most powerful Flat stables in British and Irish Flat racing.

The Aidan O’Brien team stand between Enable and her attempt to make history by winning a third King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday

That bare fact demonstrates an uncomfortable truth – that the best middle-distance horses are in the care of an ever-reducing number of trainers – but take away the trainers’ names and Enable will arguably face the best currently available.

The exception, given that the delayed running of the Oaks and Derby meant quality three-year-olds were less likely to be entered, is Enable’s Charlie Appleby-trained Eclipse Stakes conqueror Ghaiyyath who is being saved for next month’s Juddmonte International Stakes at York.

However, take away the distraction of the trainer names and the opposition for Enable could include Eclipse third Japan, old rival and 2019 Champion Stakes winner Magical, 2019 Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck and 2019 Irish Derby winner Sovereign.

Coral and Ladbrokes make Enable 10-11 favourite to secure her third King George win under Frankie Dettori, who has said he feels the mare has sharpened up for her Eclipse comeback.

Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to Enable’s owner Khaled Abdullah, said: ‘Everything has been straightforward since the Eclipse and we think she’s come on for that run.’

CORAL BETTING: 10-11 Enable, 11-4 Magical, 4-1 Japan, 10-1 Fanny Logan, 12-1 Anthony Van Dyck, 20-1 Magic Wand, Sovereign, 25-1 Sir Dragonet



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Dandalla heads for a Deauville showdown after following up Ascot win with victory at Newmarket


Dandalla heads for a Deauville showdown after following up emphatic Ascot win with victory at Newmarket

  • Dandalla continued her sensational form with victory at Newmarket on Friday
  • Jockey Ben Curtis had to dig much deeper to hold off Fev Rover by a head
  • Curtis felt that tacky ground and preparation issues hampered her display 

High noon for this season’s top two-year-olds looks like taking place at Deauville next month now that Karl Burke has set his sights on the Prix Morny with Dandalla after her victory in the Bet365 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.

The Group One prize is also the likely target of The Queen’s July Stakes winner Tactical, trained by Andrew Balding, Clive Cox’s Coventry Stakes winner Nando Parrado, Michael Bell’s The Lir Jet, winner of the Norfolk Stakes, and possibly Wesley Ward’s US speedster Campanelle, who landed the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

 Dandalla, emphatic winner of the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, had to dig much deeper to hold Fev Rover by a head yesterday under jockey Ben Curtis.

Dandalla followed up victory at Ascot with another solid win at Newmarket on Friday

But Burke cited unsuitable ground and a glitch in Dandalla’s preparation to mark up the performance, as well as drawing favourable comparisons with his six-time Group-One winning filly Laurens. He said: ‘Dandalla is a high-quality filly and Ben was adamant that the tacky ground did not help her.

‘It wasn’t plain sailing going into the race. We had a small issue about 10 days ago when she had a slight temperature and we took a little bit of a chance but we got away with it.

‘She has had three quick runs. We will give her a bit of time and then prep her for the Prix Morny. It makes sense now to have a crack at the boys in the Group One.

‘It’s amazing to get another so good quickly after Laurens. Laurens was a slow-burner but Dandalla is definitely more precocious and would have a better turn of foot.’

Dandalla's win was even more impressive given a preparation issue in the build up to the race

Dandalla’s win was even more impressive given a preparation issue in the build up to the race

PJ McDonald, who rode Laurens in most of her races, had a landmark of his own to celebrate when securing his 1,000th British winner on Zabeel Champion in the Bet365 Handicap.

The Falmouth Stakes, feature Group One on the middle day of the July Meeting, went to trainer John Gosden but not how most expected. It was 9-2 shot Nazeef, ridden by Jim Crowley, who held off Billesdon Brook by a neck, with the winner’s odds-on stablemate Terrebellum and Frankie Dettori a neck further back.

Gosden admitted he was disappointed by Terebellum’s run after her second in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot but Nazeef has now won six races on the bounce, graduating from handicaps to the highest level to more than justify the decision of owner Sheik Hamdan Al Maktoum to keep his filly in training.

Overseas action this weekend revolves around Pinatubo’s attempt to get back to winning ways as he drops back to seven furlongs from a mile in Sunday’s Group One Prix Jean Prat at Deauville.

Britain and Ireland supply seven of the 11 Prix Jean Prat runners, which include Roger Varian running Jersey Stakes winner Molatham.



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