Autumn: Ghaiyyath powers clear for Group Three honours at Newmarket

Sat 14 Oct 2017

By staff

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Ghaiyyath powered clear of his rivals in the Masar Godolphin Autumn Stakes at Newmarket.

The Godolphin-owned Dubawi colt made a big impression when he opened his account over course and distance three weeks ago and was an 11-4 chance in this Group Three.

Runner-up Dream Today made much of the running against the rail and briefly looked to have cut loose.

But Charlie Appleby's Ghaiyyath improved as the race went on and ended up scoring by a length and three-quarters in the hands of William Buick.

Buick said: "It was a nice performance.

"He bunny-hopped out of the stalls and I wanted to be closer than what I was.

"But they went a nice gallop and he travelled sweet throughout and won well in the end.

"He gave me a nice feel. He's a big horse who is going to be better next year."

Appleby said "We took a lead this time. To be fair, we had got it in our minds that we would pop out and make the running again, but they were going a sensible enough gallop and William was happy to get him in a nice rhythm.

"We were confident he had come forward from his last run. Mentally he is going the right way now, more than anything.

"Going forward, he is a horse that His Highness (Sheikh Mohammed) had a lot of faith in.

"We will decide if we look at something else. He is in the Racing Post Trophy (Doncaster), but potentially we might put him away for the year. We will talk about that on Monday.

"I think staying will be his forte. This horse will get a mile and a quarter to a mile and a half, no problem."

Mark Johnston was pleased with the performance of runner-up Dream Today.

He said: "The Doncaster run (fifth in Champagne Stakes) was not such a bad run.

"He showed he is more than able to step up to Group company and he confirmed that today.

"I would say that would be it for the year, but nothing is set in stone. PJ (McDonald) said he was happy as he could be for finishing second. He has done nothing wrong there."

Purser, the 9-4 favourite, was third for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori.

Gosden said: "I am perfectly happy with him. He is still a frame of a horse and a bit weak and it showed early on he lacked in strength.

"He will improve greatly for next year."

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