Hurricane Lane Steps Out Of The Last Chance Saloon

Newmarket’s G2 Jockey Club S. is generally a tactical affair and Friday’s renewal was no different as Godolphin’s Hurricane Lane (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) enjoyed the run of the race to bound back to form in no uncertain terms. Leaving connections pondering retirement after a no-show in Newbury’s G3 John Porter S. last month, the 2021 Irish Derby, Grand Prix de Paris and St Leger hero was lacking believers as the 2-1 second favourite but one look at William Buick’s body language passing the half-mile marker told all. Soon in command, the chestnut had six lengths to spare over the even-money favourite West Wind Blows (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) at the line before that TDN Rising Star was demoted behind Global Storm (Ire) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) who he had nosed out after causing interference.

“The race set up for him, but he was convincing and I was impressed by the way he went through the gears,” Buick said, while a relieved Charlie Appleby added, “We’ve always stated that he likes cut in the ground, but not like Newbury and that was a big ask on his first run after such a long lay-off. William said he was a different horse today and much more athletic. It’s been a great team effort to get the horse back, but we believed in ourselves and the horse–this was last-chance saloon stuff, but he’s proved to us what he had been showing us.”

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