Watch a full replay of how Arctic Sound won the feature race on day one of the Cambridgeshire meeting on Thursday.
Mark Johnston’s youngster won a nursery last time out at Doncaster, and had plenty to find on the official figures with a few of his rivals, but he was an authoritative winner in the end.
De Sousa was content to bide his time as Aidan O’Brien’s Cardini set the pace in the Group Three contest before the 2.6million guinea purchase Prince Eiji took over heading into the dip.
Andrew Balding’s Bye Bye Hong Kong then swept by him only for De Sousa to arrive late on the scene and pull away impressively to win by an eased-down length at 5-1.
Johnston, winning the 7f Group 3 race for the second time in as many years, was left second-guessing himself in the winner’s enclosure after the son of Poet’s Voice bounced back to form.
He said: “I will need to go back and look at the Salisbury race and see what went wrong, because if he had won there, we might not have been going on to Doncaster, we would have been going for bigger things, which we originally thought.
“We might go back to the very original plan – a return to Plan A.
“When you look at his profile, he seemed to be on the climb and seemed to be heading into Pattern races, and then we went to Salisbury and the wheels came off.
“So, we went down in grade and he won again, and we stepped back up today and he’s won again.
“We will have to look again at that Salisbury race, because afterwards we didn’t think he was quite good enough. We will have to think again, because he is back on track.
“He has had quite a bit of racing this year and the obvious things, like the Royal Lodge, are on Saturday.
“I think the Vertem Futurity Trophy (formerly the Racing Post Trophy) might just come a bit too soon, so we will probably sit back and wait. I would have no issues about putting him away or running him again before the end of the season. If there is no race for him, we will put him away.”
Arctic Sound received a 50-1 quote from Paddy Power for the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas but Johnston feels he may not be the best of his juveniles.
He said: “We have got a lot of good two-year-olds, but there is no real pecking order.
“Anything that has won a Group race at this time of year, you are thinking in terms of the Guineas, but there is a lot of water to go under the bridge before then. Maybe we could go to the Dante over a mile and quarter – I don’t know. We’ll see how he does over the winter.”
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