SAHPRESA stamped her class when winning her third consecutive Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes for trainer Rod Collet and jockey Cristophe Lemaire.
The daughter of Sahm became the first horse ever to win three renewals of this Group 1 prize and today’s victory was her most impressive to date.
Lemaire settled the 2/1 favourite just off the pace and she relaxed into a nice rhythm despite the modest early tempo.
She was always in a good position to strike and showed her trademark turn of foot to hit the front over a furlong from home and win under hands and heels by a length.
Lemaire said: “It was very easy. She took the lead very easily, but we were in front a little bit too soon. The slow pace was a worry as she's a strong finisher, but I wanted to be covered in the early part of the race.
“I asked her at the two-furlong marker and she accelerated well and proved she's a great performer.”
Collet said: “Well done to Sahpresa. She gives me a lot of pleasure. I am happy the filly won today.”
Sheikh Fahad Al Thani’s Pearl Bloodstock enjoyed a first win at the top level when supplementary entry Lightening Pearl (3/1) took the Jaguar Cars Cheveley Park Stakes under a power-packed ride by Johnny Murtagh.
The daughter of Marju travelled sweetly under Murtagh before he kicked for home going into ‘The Dip.’ She skipped clear and then had enough up her sleeve to hold off the late challenge by Sunday Times by half a length.
It was also a first Group 1 winner for trainer Ger Lyons who said: “We thought this horse could be special .It was a no-brainer to supplement her for this race. If we're still alive that (1000 Guineas) would be the plan.”
Sheikh Fahad added: “I'm really delighted. I've only had two years in the game and it's my first Group One - hopefully the first of many.”
There was a 40/1 shock in the Betfred Cambridgeshire with Prince of Johanne landing the spoils for trainer Tom Tate.
It was a biggest win to date for young apprentice John Fahy who grabbed the stand’s rail early on and kept his mount up to his work to win impressively by a length and three quarters.
It was incredibly close for the placings with Stevie Thunder getting the better of Proponent by a nose with the same distance back to Nanton.
Fahy said: “This is pretty special to be honest. This horse handled the ground well.”
Tate, who had not had a winner for 71 days, added: “What a way to get off the cold list! I thought he had got there too early but he stayed on really well.”
Daddy Long Legs headed a one-two-three for trainer Aidan O’Brien in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes with Tenth Star and Wrote filling the placings.
The 11/4 shot made every yard of the running under Colm O’Donoghue and powered up the hill to win by nearly four lengths.
The winning jockey said: “He is very straight forward and has progressed really well. He has a great action and a great temperament.”
O’Brien added: “All three colts ran nice races. Daddy Long Legs was still green but enjoyed the ground. Options are open for him, we’ll consider the Racing Post Trophy and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile races for him.”
Pimpernel (4/1) looked another classy juvenile filly for Godolphin when quickening away from a competitive field in the EBF ‘Dansili’ Jersey Lily Fillies’ Nursery under Frankie Dettori.
Dettori was once again in the winners’ enclosure when he steered Anatolian to victory in the concluding 1m4f handicap at odds of 11/10.
The Betfred The Bonus King handicap was won by the Robert Mills-trained Golden Desert. It was a first win in over two years for the seven-year-old who won at odds of 16/1.
Racing on the Rowley Mile continues next Saturday, 1 October.