Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes
Group 2, Newmarket 14:00
£100,000 added,
2yo only,
1m, Class 1  
Saturday 26th September 2015

1 Foundation 5/4F
2 Deauville 11/8
3 Muntazah 10/1
6 ran Distances: ¾l, 2¼l, 1¼l
TIME 1m 38.04s (slow by 3.04s)

Gosden-trained Foundation holds off Deauville to win & gets free berth into the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf

Foundation took his 100 per cent record to three with victory over the previously unbeaten Deauville in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes.

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The John Gosden-trained colt powered to the front over a furlong out under Frankie Dettori and kept on strongly to hold Aidan O'Brien's Deauville at bay.

Foundation (5-4 favourite) had been slowly away and green in his first two starts, but broke well from the stalls this time and was tucked in as Sixth Sense made the running.

Muntazah went on two furlongs out, but Dettori covered the move on Foundation and put the race to bed in pleasing fashion, three-quarters of a length ahead of Deauville, who closed in near the line.

Dettori said: "He's a nice horse, he didn't learn anything in his first two races, but today it was a proper race.

"He had to go through a gap and hit the front plenty early enough and thought he'd done enough, it was a good learning curve for him.

"He's got a bright future, I think the next step will be the Racing Post Trophy and he'll be a lovely three-year-old.

"He'll definitely get a mile, mile and a quarter and after that you're in the lap of the gods."

Gosden said: "He's a grand horse. He's done nothing wrong, he's still learning.

"Frankie said he gave him as much education as he could today because he didn't learn a lot at Haydock a couple of times.

"He's come between horses, picked up well and handled the dip well which is not easy for a big, gangly two-year-old.

"It was a proper race and we're absolutely thrilled with him, we'll see how he is in the next 10 days and probably have one more run, back up at Doncaster in the Racing Post Trophy.

"The going is on the fast side of good here now. He's handled that well and he can handle soft, so no problem."

Coral and Paddy Power quoted Foundation at 14-1 for the Investec Derby, with Ladbrokes 16-1 and William Hill as short as 12-1 co-favourite.

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Alex Cole, racing manager for Deauville's part-owner Fitri Hay, said: "He's a lovely horse that needs further, and we are just looking forward to next year with him. The faster the ground the better for the horse."

Muntazah was not disgraced in third, with Angus Gold, racing manager for owner Sheikh Hamdan saying of the Barry Hills-trained colt: "I'm absolutely thrilled with the horse, when you see the size of him anything this year is always going to be a bonus.

"He's a got a fabulous mind and a great temperament and was beaten by two better horses on the day.

"It is all about next year with him, I just wanted to see him hold his own in this company and he did.

"I thought today they would be too quick for him because of his size, but I am just delighted to see him mix it in that company.

"Paul (Hanagan) said he settled beautifully and got them stretched and only weakened in the final 100 yards."

Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes
£100,000 added, 2yo only, 1m, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Good

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (3) Foundation (IRE) 5/4f L Dettori
J H M Gosden 2
2nd (6) ¾ Deauville (IRE) 11/8 R L Moore
A P O'Brien 2
3rd (5) Muntazah 10/1 P Hanagan
B W Hills 2
4th (2) Humphrey Bogart (IRE) 16/1 S M Levey
R Hannon 2
5th (1) ½ Beast Mode (IRE) 25/1 Andrea Atzeni
P W Chapple-Hyam 2
6th (4) 8 Sixth Sense (IRE) 16/1 W Buick
M Johnston 2

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