Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes
|Group 2, Newbury 14:15
6f 8y, Class 1
|Saturday 19th September 2015|
1 Ribchester 13/8F
2 Log Out Island 9/2
3 Raucous 11/4
6 ran Distances: 1¼l, 4½l, 2½l
TIME 1m 14.39s (slow by 3.89s)
Ribchester becomes the 15th individual Group winner for Iffraaj as he leads home a Godolphin 1-2
Godolphin's purchase of Ribchester paid an immediate dividend when the Richard Fahey-trained runner headed a Godolphin one-two in the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes.
Log Out Island, representing Richard Hannon and ridden by Andrea Atzeni, broke well and led the field for much of the six-furlong contest. He battled on after being headed approaching the furlong-marker by Ribchester, who quickened strongly after being held up in last of six by James Doyle.
Ribchester, running for Godolphin for the first time, opened up a clear advantage to score by a length and a quarter over Log Out Island in 1m 14.39s on ground described as good to soft, soft in places, with four and a half lengths back to Raucous in third.
Richard Fahey commented: "I think that Ribchester is on the way to being a nice horse. You can imagine how shocked I was when he was beaten at Doncaster on debut - we thought that he would win there - but he is a big baby and it's amazing how a race can bring horses on.
"It was a brave shout to run him in the Gimcrack Stakes but his second verified where we thought the horse was. Today has just confirmed it.
"He is not a horse that will have a lot more racing this year. He is a big frame of a horse and a big baby, so we will get him home and make a decision from there.
"If I have a horse for the 2000 Guineas (Group One, 1m, April 30, 2016, Newmarket) it is definitely him. He is a good quality horse who will get better with time and anything he does this year is a bonus."
James Doyle added: "I was pleased with Ribchester. Richard told me he liked the horse and that I should settle him in and pick him up late on.
"It was a professional performance. He ran around a little bit at York but it was only his second run and he was much wiser today.
"When I picked him up, he ran straight to the line and pricked his ears - I moved him up earlier than ideal because I was just worried that he might get stuck in this ground a little bit.
"He actually surprised me because he coped with the ground quite well. I have definitely picked him up too soon because he pricked his ears in the last half-furlong and wasn't doing a tap.
"It was a nice performance. He's a big, raw type with plenty of scope and I would imagine that he will be much better next year. He is one to look forward to."
Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2)
£75,000 added, 2yo only, 6f 8y, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places)
|Pos||Dr||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||(3)||Ribchester (IRE) 13/8f||James Doyle
|R A Fahey||2|
|2nd||(4)||1¼||Log Out Island (IRE) 9/2||Andrea Atzeni
|3rd||(1)||4½||Raucous 11/4||P Cosgrave
|W J Haggas||2|
|4th||(2)||2½||King Robert 11/2||R Kingscote
|5th||(6)||19||Whitman 7/1||Dane O'Neill
|6th||(5)||20||Salt Lake Sooty 150/1||R Winston
|D P Quinn||2|