Dubai Hero (right) impresses on debut at Newmarket Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Dubai Hero (right) impresses on debut at Newmarket
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Godolphin have another smart juvenile on their hands after Dubai Hero opened his account at the first time of asking under James Doyle, with another Godolphin inmate also showing immense promise in second.

Godolphin have won this race with Rio De La Plata and True Story in recent years and this is often a maiden that produces a smart colt, so it’s likely the winner is well above average.

The betting suggested big things weren’t necessarily expected of the Dark Angel colt but, despite missing the break, he quickened smartly when asked for his effort and connections are now considering a tilt at Goodwood’s Vintage Stakes.

Winning jockey James Doyle said: “I just eased him into a bit of space around three out he started to get the hang of it. We were there plenty soon enough and I thought I would just give him time to get the hang of it, he was plenty green enough once he got there and after I gave him a couple of taps he stretched away well.

“I was really impressed, he felt like a proper horse and if he had jumped and travelled in behind the leaders how far would he have won today? I think he’ll improve massively and the sky is the limit.

“He’s one of the ones we were looking forward to, we were expecting a nice performance but not quite like that.”

D’Bai stayed on well to take second under James McDonald, a length and a half behind.

The Dubawi colt, one of the youngest in the field, having been foaled on April 30, made an impressive debut.

Trainer Charlie Appleby said: “James said he was above average. He’s a lovely colt and his best furlong was his last furlong. I loved the way he galloped out as they hit the rising ground.

“He’s got a beautiful action – he’s done it all the right way round today. He is an athlete and he will go on softer ground.

“We will keep him over the same trip and there is a seven-furlong race for him at Goodwood.”

Hyde Park, under Frankie Dettori, was a neck away in third, having been pipped for second near the line.

Having his third run, the John Gosden-trained Oasis Dream colt was one of the more experienced in the field and Lord Grimthorpe, representing owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, said: “Frankie felt it rode like a good race and he’s run decently but was not good enough today.

“The plan now is to win a maiden, but he liked the ground.”