Golden reward for De Sousa

  • Last Updated: July 12 2014, 18:09 BST

A wrap-up of the rest of the Saturday action at Newmarket where Golden Town won the opener for Godolphin.

Golden Town wins at Newmarket
Golden Town wins at Newmarket

Saeed bin Suroor and Silvestre de Sousa teamed up to land the Spa At Bedford Lodge Hotel Mile at Newmarket as Golden Town opened his account for the year with a determined display.

Representing the combination that clinched Thursday's Princess of Wales's Stakes with Cavalryman, Golden Town was an 8/1 shot having finished down the field in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury and fifth in a Rowley Mile handicap.

With fellow Godolphin runner Safety Check cutting out the early running, the visored Golden Town was given a nice lead into the race before hitting the front passing the two-furlong marker.

You're Fired finished with a flourish towards the stands rail, but was half a length down at the line, with Examiner back in third.

De Sousa feels a gelding operation and the application of a headgear has brought about improvement in the three-year-old.

He said: "I think the combination has helped him. It was just a bit of a tweak.

"When he gets to the front he thinks he's done enough, so I had to give him a couple of reminders to keep going, but it's a nice race to win.

"The ground is a bit tacky, but I don't think it will stop a good horse running to his best. It's dried out since yesterday."

Bin Suroor said: "We used the visor two weeks ago for the first time when he worked in the morning and he looked more focussed. That gave us confidence to run him in it today.

"He was a bit keen early, but the strong pace suited him really well."

It has been a significant week for De Sousa, who has found opportunities at Godolphin harder to come by since Kieren Fallon joined the roster of jockeys earlier in the season.

"Silvestre rode the horse really well. He's doing well," said Bin Suroor.

"He won a Group Two two days ago and a good race today. He is a tough jockey and always tries hard."

The trainer completed his brace as Harry Bentley steered 5-2 shot Winters Moon to victory in the Rossdales EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

The Egerton House Stables Handicap brought the three-day July meeting to an end, with Ed Walker's 11-4 market leader Glorious Protector sending favourite-backers home happy with a wide-margin win under William Buick.