Get the rest of the feature reports from day three of the July Festival at Newmarket as Quorto impressed for Godolphin in the Superlative Stakes.
Quorto cut for 2000 Guineas
Quorto looked an exciting prospect when surging clear in the final furlong to win the bet365 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket.
A winner over six furlongs on this course on his debut three weeks ago, the Charlie Appleby-trained colt took the step up to seven furlongs in his stride. The further he went, the better he went.
William Buick had the Godolphin-owned son of Dubawi tracking Blown By Wind towards the centre of the track, with Cape Of Good Hope leading on the near side.
Neverland Rock joined in three furlongs from home, but once Buick asked the 5/4 favourite to go about his business, he quickened impressively up the hill to score by three and three-quarter lengths from Aidan O'Brien's Cape Of Good Hope.
Appleby said: "We were confident coming here today that he had come forward and that the step up in trip was going to suit.
"He has shown some gears there. William got off and said he has a great racing mind. He travels very sweetly in your hands and he picked up well when he hit the rising ground. He is an exciting horse, for sure.
"Being by Dubawi one would hope we will see a bit more improvement, with a bit of luck. I would say the National Stakes (at the Curragh on September 16) is the more likely target.
"Seven looks to be his trip, but hopefully further down the line a mile will be for him."
Quorto was cut to 12/1 from 33s for next year's 2000 Guineas with Sky Bet.
O'Brien said of Cape Of Good Hope: "He ran a lovely race and we couldn't be happier. We were very happy with him and he is progressing lovely. We are going gently with him and you can see that with every run he is getting a bit better.
"I think he is still a baby, so he is progressing. Physically he is strong, but mentally he is still a baby.
"I don't think a mile will be a problem when that time comes, but we've plenty of time for that and we don't need to go there yet."
Sweet Sugar lands Bunbury gamble
Burnt Sugar justified market support as he came out on top in a tight finish to the bet365 Bunbury Cup at Newmarket.
Inspired by the strong pace and drop down to seven furlongs from a mile, Burnt Sugar (7/1) rewarded his backers when getting on top in the last 100 yards.
The field was spread right across the July Course, with Mukalal the overall leader in the near side.
However, those towards the centre and far side dominated the closing stages in a wide-open race.
Paul Hanagan drove the Roger Fell-trained Burnt Sugar through the pack to score by half a length from Spanish City and Shady McCoy, who dead-heated for second place. Cardsharp was half a length away in fourth.
Tim Palin, of owners Middleham Park Racing, said: "All we do is put the horses in the races we think are right for them. He won a big handicap over seven at Leopardstown and arguably his best form for Richard Hannon was over seven furlongs.
"He was cantering all over them in the Royal Hunt Cup and he didn't quite get home. We didn't know whether to go for the Wokingham or the Royal Hunt Cup, as neither are his trip. Seven furlongs is his trip and he was back down to 99 when once upon a time he was rated 112.
"I see the betting public got behind it and if they agree with us it just confirms we are doing the right thing. We are delighted to win the race for Roger Fell and I would say that is arguably his biggest winner.
"I'm just at home watching the football, cricket and the racing and popping outside for a cup of tea at times, although that might be something a bit stronger now!"
On future plans, Palin said: "I'd say that the Gigaset at Ascot is the obvious thing to go for, he is getting back to being Group-race class but we will stick to handicaps.
"Hopefully the handicapper won't react too harshly, as it was a bunch finish."
Hanagan said: "I think the pace helped. He likes to come off a nice pace. He showed a good attitude and knuckled down well.
"He won a big handicap at Leopardstown (in September last year) and they take some winning. Obviously he is a decent horse.
"He might appreciate getting his toe in a bit more, so he has done well."