Jockey Club Stakes
Group 2, Newmarket 15:35
£125,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus,
1m 4f, Class 1    
Friday 5th April 2023


1 Hurricane Lane 2/1
3 Global Storm 9/2
2 West Wind Blows 1/1F
5 ran Distances: nse, 6l, 9l
Time: 2m 33.86s (slow by 5.46s)

Winner of the Irish Derby and St Leger in 2021, Hurricane Lane finished last of seven on his return in the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury but was a completely different proposition today.

Travelling powerfully throughout under William Buick he was sent clear of his rivals entering the Dip and was in no danger from that point.

Even-money favourite West Wind Blows was in trouble a long way out but plugged on for second.

Appleby said: “A few people might have thought we were being a bit selfish wanting to run him (as a five-year-old), but he showed us his old demeanour throughout the winter and into the spring.

“Newbury was disappointing, but it was a big ask for him in heavy ground and Will just said he felt like a different horse today. He said he was sluggish at Newbury and today he just floated along.

“Everyone was obviously asking the question ‘why did he get beat’ and asking why we were coming back so soon, but he showed us what he could do midweek with the cheekpieces on and fair play to the team, they said he couldn’t get beat today.

“I have to thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed for allowing us to keep this horse in training. When you have a horse that has given the team as much as he’s given then of course you feel for them and want them to carry on doing it. I’m delighted for everyone.

“We could look at the Hardwicke in the summer, if the ground was right. I’ve always said I wanted to work back from the Arc, which might be a bit bold, but we’ll see.”


Jockey Club Stakes
£125,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 1m 4f, Class 1
5 ran
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

1 (2)    Hurricane Lane 5 9-5 Charlie Appleby William Buick 2/1
3 (4)
6 West Wind Blows 4 9-5 Simon & Ed Crisford Jamie Spencer EvsF
2 (5)
nse Global Storm 6 9-5 Charlie Appleby James Doyle 9/2
4 (1)
9 Outbox 8 9-5 Archie Watson Hollie Doyle 28/1
5 (3)
5 Jewel In My Crown 5 9-2 Rae Guest Callum Shepherd 33/1