Qatar Bloodstock Jockey Club Stakes
Group 2, Newmarket 15.10
£100,000 added,
4yo plus,
1m 4f, Class 1
Saturday 3rd May 2014


1 Gospel Choir 6/1
2 Pether's Moon 10/1
3 Trading Leather 4/6F
NR: Joshua Tree (IRE)
8 ran Distances: 2¼l, 2l, 1¼l
TIME 2m 33.03s (slow by 5.03s)

Gospel Choir was impressive in winning the Group Two Qatar Bloodstock Jockey Club Stakes over a mile and a half on QIPCO 2000 Guineas Day.

Gospel Choir
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Gospel Choir

Ryan Moore, completing a quick double after the sprint success of Sole Power, set sail for home over a furlong out on Sir Michael Stoute's progressive five-year-old (6-1) to score in tremendous style in the colours of the Cheveley Park Stud.

Pether's Moon looked dangerous, but by the time he got going the winner had flown, while the 4-6 favourite Trading Leather was something of a disappointment in his first run for Godolphin, picking up the pieces to claim third close home after pulling hard in the early stages.

Moore said: "The race went very well, very smoothly."

Stoute said: "I knew he was spot-on, but I didn't think he'd beat Trading Leather. He's really progressing, this fellow. I think he's reached a pretty good standard, but here's hoping he can find a bit more improvement.

"We'll stop and think, but he's in the Hardwicke Stakes (at Royal Ascot) and he's in the Eclipse Stakes (at Sandown)."

Trading Leather's trainer Jim Bolger said: "We lacked a bit of pace in the race. It wasn't that he was free, but he has a fabulous stride, which he likes to use, and he wasn't able to.

"He was rusty and I'd say he'll go for the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Curragh, May 25) and then hopefully the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot."


Qatar Bloodstock Jockey Club Stakes (Group 2)
£100,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 4f, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Good to Firm, Good in places

Gospel Choir
Sir Michael Stoute
R L Moore
9st 0lbs
6 - 1
Pether's Moon
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 0lbs
10 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
Trading Leather
J S Bolger
K J Manning
9st 0lbs
4 - 6
2 lengths
M Botti
Luke Morris
9st 0lbs
25 - 1
1 1/4 length
Brass Ring
J H M Gosden
James Doyle
9st 0lbs
15 - 2
1 1/4 length
Havana Beat
A M Balding
David Probert
9st 0lbs
25 - 1
1 length
Times Up
E A L Dunlop
W Buick
9st 3lbs
33 - 1
5 lengths
Penglai Pavilion
C Appleby
M Barzalona
9st 0lbs
8 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
Joshua Tree
E A L Dunlop
Non Runner
9st 5lbs

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