Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes
| Group 2, York 15:15
1m 2f 56y, Class 1
|Thursday 9th July 2020|
1 Thunderous 13/2
2 Highest Ground 8/11F
3 Juan Elcano 7/1
6 ran Distances: nk, 2l, nk
Time: 2m 8.62s (slow by 1.92s)
Highest Ground was sent off an odds-on favourite after lowering the colours of the well-regarded Waldkonig at Haydock and everything appeared to be going to plan on his step up to Group Two company.
Oisin Murphy took the ride with Ryan Moore on duty at Newmarket and the rising star of the weighing room moved smoothly through the field having initially settled his mount in fifth, with only Juan Elcano behind.
Irish raider Cormorant took the field along from Thunderous in the early stages and the former kicked for home a long way out.
Murphy switched Highest Ground to that one's inside and seemed to have the race in safe-keeping when hitting the front. He started to paddle on the rain-softened ground, however, as Thunderous gradually went through the gears.
Thunderous needed every yard of the one mile, two furlong and 56 yard trip but under a strong drive from Franny Norton, hit the front on the approach to the line to score by a neck.
The winner was given quotes in the region of 16/1 for the St Leger at Doncaster in September.
Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes (Group 2)
£55,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 2f 56y, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (2) Thunderous 3 9-0 Mark Johnston Franny Norton 13/2
2 (3) nk Highest Ground 3 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute Oisin Murphy 8/11F
3 (6) 2 Juan Elcano 3 9-0 Kevin Ryan Kevin Stott 7/1
4 (1) nk Cormorant 3 9-0 A P O'Brien James Doyle 13/2
5 (4) 4 Encipher 3 9-0 John Gosden Frankie Dettori 10/1
6 (5) 1¾ Al Madhar 3 9-0 Richard Hannon Dane O'Neill 20/1