Successful July Festival for Godolphin stable
Fresh from seeing Hawkbill scoop the organisation a first Coral Eclipse Stakes title in 12 years at Sandown Park earlier this month, Godolphin were celebrating a successful Moet & Chandon July Festival outing in Newmarket at the weekend.
The stable recorded wins on all three days of the meeting with Easy Victory, Dubai Hero and Mise En Rose, before Boynton upset pre-race favourite War Decree to triumph in the bet365 Superlative Stakes on Saturday afternoon.
The Charlie Appleby-trained colt was held up towards the rear of the nine-strong field during the early proceedings.
However, when asked to make some headway by jockey Adam Kirby at the halfway stage, the two-year-old son of More Than Ready responded powerfully to hit the front.
A challenge was provided inside the final furlong by Aidan O’Brien’s War Decree, but Boynton strode away to cross the line with a lead of three-quarters of a length.
After the victory Kirby, who is based in Kirtling, backed Boynton to eventually compete in the Guineas.
“He’s very tough, I like him. He’s a relentless galloper and I like him,” he said.
“He’s a clean-winded horse and he should have a good future.
“It’s only his second day at school and he’s still a bit babyish but they are trained to improve and improve is what he’s doing.
“I think he’s a bit special. He lengthened all the way to the line when the runner-up came to him and I can’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be a Guineas horse.”
Elsewhere, there was back-to-back Princess of Wales’ Arqana Racing Club Stakes glory for Michael Bell and Big Orange.
A winner in the same race 12 months earlier as a 25-1 outsider, on this occasion the five-year-old 8-1 shot showed good stamina to defeat The Grey Gatsby.
There was also a double triumph for trainer John Gosden on the Saturday, the first of which came in the Rossdales EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies’ Stakes courtesy of debutant Dabyah.
With Frankie Dettori in the saddle, the two-year-old was eased home in the closing stages, such was the size of her lead.
“I’m very happy with her. She’s very strong, very together,” said Gosden.
“I didn’t want to make her too speedy so I’m delighted she’s got the seven furlongs here, especially on a stiff track.”
Newmarket-based Gosden’s other win came in the bet365 Mile (Handicap) with Von Blucher.
Having finished first on-board Dabyah earlier in the day, Dettori then switched yards to win the The bet365 Bunbury Cup for Marco Botti with Golden Steps.
It has been a largely frustrating season for Botti, who was forced to retire his Falmouth Stakes hope Euro Charline because of a tendon injury.
However, victory in the £120,000 handicap went some way to lifting the gloom.
“I’m absolutely delighted, we’ve had this race in mind for him for some time so it’s a big thrill for it to pay off,” said the Italian.
“He’s seen it out well, he loved the ground and Frankie gave him a great ride, although I thought for a minute that he was just getting there too soon.
“But he ran to the line and he’s a very solid, honest horse.”
Meanwhile, Saturday’s showpiece race, the July Cup, went the way of Henry Candy’s Limato, while the Falmouth Stakes on Friday was clinched by the Aiden O’Brien and Ryan Moore combination with Alice Springs.
n Charlie McBride has confirmed that Spiritual Lady will run in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury on Saturday, providing that the ground is to her liking.
“Spiritual Lady is a definite runner at Newbury on Saturday, providing the ground doesn’t come up firm,” said the Newmarket trainer.
“I would settle for good to firm but would prefer it if there were some more showers during the week. She is a big, tall filly and I wouldn’t want to risk her on firm ground at this stage of her career.
“She won very nicely at Newmarket and had been working well beforehand. We have always thought a lot of her and initially thought that she would be good enough to be a Queen Mary filly.”