|Group 3, Newmarket 13:50
1m 5f, Class 1
1 Yibir 6/4F
2 Mandoob 7/1
3 Dancing King 9/1
5 ran NR: Pleasant Man Distances: 2½l, 3l, 5½l
Time: 2m 46.77s (slow by 2.87s)
Yibir continues the success of Charlie Appleby’s team of smart three-year-olds to win the @rehc_bahrain Trophy Stakes under @the_doyler@NewmarketRacepic.twitter.com/BrbenZP0ku https://t.co/Qk2DmkV9Zx via @RacingBetter— RacingBetter (@RacingBetter) July 8, 2021
Charlie Appleby won the Cazoo Derby at Epsom with Adayar and the Irish Derby at the Curragh with Hurricane Lane, and at the start of this season Yibir was probably held in just as high regard as those two.
He ended last year by winning the prestigious Haynes, Hanson & Clark conditions race at Newbury and held Classic aspirations himself.
Immediately behind Adayar when third at Sandown and second to Lone Eagle at Goodwood, this Group Three assignment was a first for the son of Dubawi since being gelded and also a first try at a mile and five furlongs.
Gear Up tried to make all, but he soon looked a sitting duck and with over a furlong to run James Doyle hit the front on the 6-4 favourite who comfortably saw off the previously unbeaten Mandoob by two and a half lengths.
Bahrain Trophy (Group 3)
£150,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 5f, Class 1
Going: Good to Firm
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (3) Yibir 48 3 9-1 Charlie Appleby James Doyle 6/4F
2 (2) 2½ Mandoob 3 9-1 Brian Meehan Jim Crowley 7/1
3 (4) 3 Dancing King 3 9-1 Mark Johnston Franny Norton 9/1
2 (1) 5½ Gear Up 3 9-1 Mark Johnston Ben Curtis 9/2
5 (5) 5½ Stowell 3 9-1 John & Thady Gosden Frankie Dettori 11/4
NR 4 (6) Pleasant Man 3 9-1 Roger Charlton NON RUNNER