Godolphin celebrated more joy in Australia on Saturday with both Charlie Appleby and Saeed bin Suroor celebrating notable successes.
Bin Suroor’s filly Beautiful Romance, seventh in the Melbourne Cup, got the better of Almoonqith in the Zipping Classic at Sandown with Michael Bell’s Big Orange back in third having tried to make all.
She was ridden to victory by Glyn Schofield who told www.racing.com: “Once the gaps opened up (in the straight) and she found the split, for a horse that’s a stayer she surged quite strongly and kept that gallop up right to the line.
“All the while I could see Almoonqith sort of peaked on his run 150m out.
“I wasn’t sure whether I had won but when I heard Ollie (Damien Oliver) express his disappointment (on our way back to scale) I knew that I had won.”
Jockey Damian Lane said of Big Orange: “He ran super today. On a still day he probably wins. He just did a length, length-and-a-half too much work down the back straight.”
Earlier on the card former hurdler Qewy won the Sandown Cup for Appleby and Kerrin McEvoy, following up his win in the Geelong Cup and a fourth place in the Melbourne Cup.
“The Melbourne Cup took a bit out of him, but he was still too good today,” said assistant trainer James Ferguson.
“He’s such a good horse, genuine and brave.
“I can’t tell you how proud the whole team is of him and our other horses. They’ve all run their hearts out.”
Francis Of Assisi and Oceanographer also won big prizes while Scottish finished second in the Caulfield Cup making it a profitable few weeks for Appleby.