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14 July 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 14/07/17 2:51pm

Parfait ridden by William Buick (left) wins the bet365 Silver Bunbury Cup Handicap

Parfait ridden by William Buick (left) wins the bet365 Silver Bunbury Cup Handicap

Parfait ran out a comprehensive winner of the bet365-sponsored Silver Bunbury Cup.

John Gosden’s charge had bolted up over the course and distance on his penultimate start before finishing fourth in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Reverting to handicap company for the consolation race for Saturday’s Bunbury Cup, the Godolphin-owned three-year-old was the 5-2 favourite under William Buick and having led the group that raced closest to the stands rail for the duration of the seven-furlong contest, he passed the post two lengths clear of Makzeem.

Fawaareq and Swift Approval finished third and fourth respectively.

Buick said: “He broke well and got to the lead and there wasn’t much pace around me. He likes racing that way and it really suits him.

“This horse has really turned a corner. He ran well at Ascot and today he’s done it very well.

“There’s more to come from him as he’s got some confidence back now.”

Gosden said: “He was taking on older horses and he has done it well. He got the rail again and he is growing up. William said not only is he growing in confidence, but he is growing in confidence with him.

“I think the cheekpieces and that rail helped a lot. He won here with Martin Dwyer and he flew down the far rail that day.

“This horse has always had a lot of ability, it is a matter of having confidence in himself.

“He has come out of a Group Three and we might look at a Listed race. We will stick at seven furlongs. There are some nice races at Goodwood.”

Clemmie, a full-sister to this year’s dual 2000 Guineas hero Churchill, claimed top honours in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.

Aidan O’Brien’s filly was a shade disappointing in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, but bounced back to win a Group Three at the Curragh less than a fortnight ago.

Stepped up to Group Two level, she was the 11-8 favourite under Ryan Moore and travelled well in behind main market rival Nyaleti for much of the six-furlong contest.

Moore asked his mount to take closer order racing inside the final two furlongs and Clemmie quickened up smartly to hit the front and she galloped all the way to the line to score decisively by a length and three-quarters.

Nyaleti, runner-up in the Chesham Stakes at the Royal meeting, boxed on for second ahead of Mamba Noire in third.

Moore said: “She’s just progressed with every run, which is typical of one of Aidan’s two-year-olds. She’s just got better and better.

“She was good in the Group Three the last day and was better today. I thought she did that very easily.”

BetVictor cut Clemmie to 8-1 for next year’s 1000 Guineas, with her stablemate September the 5-1 favourite.

Moore added: “I’d say she (Clemmie) is the best (two-year-old) filly we’ve seen out this year. She’s won a six-furlong Group Two in July, she’s got the pedigree to do it and she’s got the trainer.

“She’s got every chance.”

Part-owner Michael Tabor said: “You have to be impressed. Obviously she’s improving all the time and she wants six furlongs, but more would suit her.

“We were all hopeful she’d go to the top on her breeding. As we know she’s a full-sister to Churchill.

“We can’t ask for better than that and she’s one to look forward to.

“She’s won as if she wants seven furlongs and hopefully she’ll be a Guineas horse for next year.”

He added: “She’s already had three races and I really don’t know what Aidan wants to do.

“He trains the horse and no decision has been made on where she’ll go, but he’ll probably have another race in mind, I suppose.

“Obviously we’ll gradually step her up, I think she’ll handle a Group One all right and it could be the Moyglare (Curragh, September 10).

“September is obviously very good as well and these are high-class problems, to have two fillies like that.”


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