Reach For The Moon, who is owned by the Queen, was all the rage for the seven-furlong contest after winning the Solario Stakes last time out – but with just four runners it turned into something of a tactical affair.
Frankie Dettori set out to make all on the 8-13 market leader, with main rival Lusail settled on his heels and the eventual winner sitting last of four through the first four furlongs.
Reach For The Moon started winding up the pace with three furlongs to run, with Lusail soon beaten, leaving Twilight Jet and Bayside Boy to challenge on either side.
Bayside Boy (5-1) took a while to hit his top gear but he really got rolling in the final half-furlong, eventually prevailing by a head for trainer Roger Varian and jockey David Egan.
The winning rider said: “I thought when I hit the front at Newbury (last time when finishing second) he was inexperienced and had a look at the stands.
“I planned to follow Frankie and not go too soon. Mr Varian has been so good to me throughout my career and he’s an exciting horse going forward.”
Paddy Power make Bayside Boy a 7-2 chance from 6-1 for the Dewhurst and 14s from 33s for the Guineas, with Varian eyeing the Newmarket contest on October 9 for the New Bay colt.
Varian said: “He looked good when he won his novice at Newbury and probably showed his lack of experience when he was worried out of it back at Newbury in a Listed.
“I’m pleased with that today, he showed he’d learned from Newbury and really stuck his head out – he was tough when he needed to be.
“David said he handled the ground and should go on most grounds. Until we need the ground as an excuse we won’t use it! He’s quite a neat horse, he’s not a giant. He looks a miler and saw the trip out well today. He’ll be a miler next year.
“I’m delighted for connections, he showed that same turn of foot he did first time out.
“We’d like to run him again but it depends on how he comes out of this, he is in all the big races, though, and you’d have to be thinking of something like the Dewhurst.”
John Gosden, who trains Reach For The Moon in partnership with his son Thady, felt the conditions had gone against his charge.
He said: “The jockey said he wasn’t in love with the ground, he wasn’t travelling on it like he normally does.
“It’s gone a bit dead, it’s drying out after last night’s rain and trying to make all into a headwind was just a bit much. Better ground, better horse is all I can say. Frankie knew he was in trouble from a long way out because of the ground.
“He could run again, there are some nice races left at Newmarket and we’ll see what the ground is like.”
Earlier, Hurricane Ivor earned a step up in class when carrying top weight to victory in the Portland Handicap at Doncaster.
A smart prospect in France as a juvenile, he had lost his way slightly before joining William Haggas this season.
Connections thought they had lost – then won – at Sandown on his second start in England, only for a dead-heat to be called after photo-finish confusion and he went on to be second at Ascot in July.
He was a close third at York last time out but overnight rain seemed to be in his favour as, despite having only one behind him with two furlongs to run, he stormed home under Tom Marquand to beat Boundless Power by half a length.
Haggas’ wife, Maureen, said: “He’s a charming horse, he’s a lovely horse to have around and he’s done nothing but improve all year.
“That was a good performance today off top weight. The trip seemed to suit really well and he likes a bit of dig in the ground.
“I don’t think he’ll go to Ayr next week (for the Ayr Gold Cup), his penalty probably puts him out of it and William said we might look at black-type races now.”
Glorious Journey led a one-two for Charlie Appleby in the Cazoo Park Stakes.
The six-year-old was the pick of William Buick in the seven-furlong contest, having chased home stablemate Space Blues at York last time and prevailed in Group Three company at Newmarket earlier in the year.
Sent off a 5-2 chance, Buick bided his time as Danyah – one of two 9-4 favourites with Laneqash – set the early gallop before dropping away when the race began in earnest, with Glorious Journey taking it up well over a furlong out.
Stablemate D’bai and jockey James Doyle made a good fight of it, but the winner was a length and a quarter too good with the same distance back to Laneqash in third.
Appleby said: “D’bai appeared to be travelling quite nicely, but you know exactly what you’ll get from Glorious Journey.
“Over the years he’s been a serious horse and I’m delighted for him and with D’Bai.
“Having chased home Space Blues in the City of York Stakes (third) he deserves that.
“I’m always been a fan of the horse and to have him around the yard, he’s one of the yard favourites.
“There’s a chance they could both go back out to Dubai, but there’s also the Prix de la Foret to think about. I’ll see what William says.”
Hollie Doyle came from last to first in the opening Vertem Nursery Handicap on Desert Angel.
Previously a five-race maiden, trainer Richard Hannon had reached for the blinkers for the first time and the headgear clearly worked the oracle.
Non-runners reduced the field to four, with Roger Charlton’s La Pulga attempting to make all and he had seen off the others before Doyle pounced late on the 15-2 outsider of four.
“He’s always had a lot of ability this horse, but he’s had a lot more ability than he’s been showing us,” sad Hannon.
“I wanted to have him cut (gelded) but we gave him one more chance with the blinkers first time and he’s won pretty well, which doesn’t surprise me as he’s always had the ability.
“We’ll see what the handicapper does, he is improving and he clearly likes the softer ground. There might be something at Newmarket for him.”
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