Toormore and William Buick win from Dutch Connection
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Report: Sandown, Friday
bet365 Mile (Group 2) 1m, 4yo+
TOORMORE only found stablemate Night Of Thunder too good in the Al Shaqab Lockinge last season, and he will head to Newbury off the back of a battling success.
One of three runners owned by Godolphin in the race, the Richard Hannon-trained five-year-old did well to fend off Dutch Connection, with favourite Belardo only fourth.
The other Godolphin runner, outsider Barchan, had set a very strong gallop, and Belardo was unable to close in the home straight, having been towards the rear.
Paddy Power cut Toormore to 7-1 (from 10) for the Lockinge, and made Dutch Connection a 10-1 chance (from 14).
Winning jockey William Buick said: “He’s such a lovely horse and a joy to ride. We went very quick but he’s won from being in behind and from being in front.
“It looked like he was beaten a furlong and a half out but he really battled back. He’s a high quality horse. He came very close to winning the Lockinge last year and that’s his aim again.”
My Dream Boat and Adam Kirby (second right) come with a winning run
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
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Sandown: bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes (Group 3) 1m2f, 4yo+
A PATIENT ride by Adam Kirby was rewarded as My Dream Boat claimed Western Hymn late on to win for Clive Cox and owners Paul and Clare Rooney.
The four-year-old had to concede 3lb to the field having won a Group 3 at Saint-Cloud last November, and was last with a furlong and a half left, before finding generously for pressure.
There was support late on for My Dream Boat, who returned at 8-1 having opened on course at 12-1.
Western Hymn, successful in the race last year for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori, was sent off at odds-on, and held every chance.
The five-year-old raced awkwardly in the home straight, but kept repelling challengers, only to be picked off late, going down by a length and a quarter.
Kirby was enthusiastic about the potential of My Dream Boat, and said: “He had a bit to do but he was finishing well. I knew if I had enough room I would get through. He’s improving and not just in little bits.
“He’s really improving and has got a good attitude. He’s a very, very nice horse and if he keeps improving the sky’s the limit.”
Paddy Power cut My Dream Boat to 25-1 (from 33) for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
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