Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes
Group 2, York 15:00
£250,000 guaranteed,
2yo only,
6f, Class 1    
Friday 19th August 2022


1 Noble Style 3/1
2 Marshman 9/4
3 Cold Case 18/1
12 ran Distances: 1¼l, 3¾l, 2½l
Time: 1m 10.51s (slow by 0.31s)

The Charlie Appleby-trained Noble Style made up for missing the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot by impressing at Newmarket and showing his class in this first taste of Group action on the Knavesmire.

Held up in rear and shadowing Richmond Stakes winner Royal Scotsman in the early stages, William Buick was willing to bide his time as eventual runner-up Marshman disputed matters with his Karl Burke stablemate Cold Case on the front end. 

Clifford Lee made his move for home first and the 9-4 favourite looked set to justify his lofty reputation. 

But Buick soon got Noble Style motoring and it was the son of Kingman who was doing his best work late and flew home to land the spoils, with the front pair pulling well clear of the third Cold Case.

Appleby said: “After his Ascot win all roads were leaning towards Royal Ascot, but two weeks out we just weren’t happy with him. There was no issue there, but he just wasn’t the same horse as he was prior to his maiden success.

“I’m very lucky to be able to make the call and give this horse the time that was needed, then we took him to Newmarket and he won there, after which some people might have thought he’d regressed.

“We were very happy with how the horse came out of it – physically you could see how much improvement was there – and he galloped earlier in the week and looked as good as we’ve ever seen him.

“We came in here with confidence, but there was plenty of strength in depth in the race today, he had to go and do it and he did it well. The nice thing about him is he goes through the line well.

“He will step up to seven furlongs at some stage, but as we all know the next couple of weeks is an important time for the two-year-olds. They start to sort themselves out and find their feet and there’s important races coming up soon.

“I suppose the National Stakes can be put into the melting pot, but there’s a couple more horses to come out and whether this horse might be able to do it again over six in the Middle Park and we step up at a later stage, or whether we step up to seven on his next start – it’s a healthy discussion to have.”

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Appleby added: “I see no reason why he won’t stay a mile (in the Guineas). He’s got a pedigree that suggests that he’ll get it for sure and he does it all very nicely.”

Burke said of his runners: “They are two lovely colts and we have a lot to look forward to with them.

“Who knows, maybe running just seven days after Thirsk made the difference for Marshman as he had a real good blow. Although he won very easily he had a race. I think there’s more to come from him, maybe ridden a bit differently. Cliff said he was still pretty green when he was on his own. All credit to the winner, he looks a very good horse.

“I said all along I thought Cold Case was very good. He was my favourite through the winter and I think he’s got a big future. Possibly he might go to the Mill Reef next.

“I’m not sure where Marshman will go, I’ll have a sit down with Nick (Bradley, owner) and discuss it. We’ve got some nice two-year-olds.

“Maybe I left the Gimcrack at Thirsk, who knows, but he’ll win a big one soon.”

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Al Basti Equiworld Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2)
£250,000 guaranteed, 2yo only, 6f, Class 1
12 ran
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

1 (12)    Noble Style 2 9-2 Charlie Appleby William Buick 3/1
2 (9)
Marshman 2 9-2 K R Burke Clifford Lee 9/4
3 (6)
Cold Case 2 9-2 K R Burke Andrea Atzeni 18/1
4 (3)
Chateau 2 9-2 Andrew Balding Tom Marquand 12/1
5 (11)
½ Royal Scotsman 2 9-5 Paul & Oliver Cole Jim Crowley 5/2
6 (1)
Galeron 2 9-2 Charles Hills Kieran Shoemark 50/1
7 (8)
¾ Chuzzlewit 2 9-2 Kevin Ryan Neil Callan 22/1
8 (7)
½ Catch The Paddy 2 9-2 Kevin Ryan Kevin Stott 18/1
9 (10)
2 Lakota Blue 2 9-2 Nigel Tinkler Faye McManoman 100/1
10 (5)
shd Clearpoint 2 9-2 Richard Fahey Oisin Orr 12/1
11 (4)
½ Waiting All Night 2 9-2 Richard Spencer Hollie Doyle 66/1
12 (2)
nk Never Just A Dream 2 9-2 Ismail Mohammed Callum Shepherd 50/1

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