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New London takes the lead in St Leger market

New London were promoted in the patronage of St Leger after resounding success in the John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes at Goodwood.

Considered Godolphin’s first Derby horse before disappointing at Chester, New LondonThe career of is now well and truly on track.

Successful in handicap company at Newmarket the last time, the Dubawi colt rose in rank for this Group 2 – galloping off thanks to the exploits of West Wind Blows and Al Qareem.

Briefly, William Buick was stretched a bit as the speed picked up three furlongs, but as the front runners began to tread water, New London and Derby runner-up Hoo Ya Mal were left in front.

Ryan Moore dropped his whip on Hoo Ya Mal but it made no difference as the 6-4 favorite cleared away. Deauville Legend, winner of the Bahrain Trophy, overtook Ho Ya Mal for second place.

The winner is now around 3-1 for the final Classic of the season, which his coach Charlie Appleby won last year with Hurricane Lane.

“He went from rookie at Newmarket to Derby favourite, which takes a bit of work, but at Chester that just didn’t happen,” Buick said.

“Yeah, the pitch was bad and that was a factor, but Charlie did a great job bringing it back.

“New London has achieved more than Secret State (Wednesday’s winner who is also in the St Leger). It was a deep Gordon field with the second Derby. He passed the test and Secret State is on the way – let’s see if he can do it.

Alex Merriam, Appleby’s assistant, said: “He didn’t do anything, but got better. It was not the best race of the trial, after which Charlie felt he should miss the Derby.

“He’s not in the Voltigeur, so we’ll let the dust settle and see how he’s doing next week before making a plan.

“Of our Léger horses, he is the only one to have won a Group race while the others have won handicaps. It’s also a Dubawi, and they tend to get better.

Royal Scotsman take Richmond success by storm

royal scottish confirmed himself as a clever performer by justifying favoritism by chance with a clean win in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood.

Trained by Paul and Oliver Cole, the son of Gleneagles was heavily supported all day and eventually sent off the favorite 5-6 against promising juveniles.

Royal Scotsman had the best form in the book after finishing third in what is shaping up to be a very strong Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, with runner-up Persian Force coming out and winning the July Stakes.

With two furlongs to go, Jim Crowley moved his mount owned by Jim and Fitri Hay between the horses and within a few strides he had put the race to bed.

Al Karrar stuck hard for second place, beaten a length and a half behind Royal Scotsman, who set a new course record.

Crowley said: “Royal Scotsman had the best form in the book. His form in Coventry worked well and he was unlucky in Coventry because I fired one and got a bump.

“He has a lot of speed and he could be a horse for the Prix Morny. He is physically strong and has a lot of speed. The more he learns to relax, the further he can go.

Paul Cole said: “Our only concern was to take cover because at Ascot he saw too much daylight. But everything went as we hoped, in fact it couldn’t have gone better.

“In the first three stages it was installed and extinguished. Then he used his foot turn. I admit that before the race I could not envisage a defeat for him.

“I think there is more to come. I left my crystal ball at home, but he’s a fast horse and I don’t think there’s anything faster.

“He’s probably at the top of those good two-year-olds I’ve trained and he gave me an incredible vibe before the race.

“The York race (Gimcrack) is very valuable this year, as is the Prix Morny. We’ll leave it at six furlongs for now, but looking at the good Guinean horses have won in all sorts of trips.