Godolphin continued their brilliant run of form when Mise En Rose bounced back from her disappointing run in the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot with a one-and-a-quarter length success in the fillies’ handicap.
Charlie Appleby’s team have been buoyed by Hawksbill’s Coral-Eclipse Stakes success at the weekend and Australian rider James McDonald kept things simple on the daughter of War Front by having her on the front end throughout.
The winning trainer said: “She’s a War Front filly and at Ascot she travelled really well but just couldn’t finish her race off on the ground.
“This quicker ground was always going to suit her and although she was coming back in trip this time, James (McDonald) rode her handy and gave her a lovely ride.
“James is a team player, he’s a big part of our team and I love the fact that he comes in and rides our horses in the mornings because I love to have jockeys who know the horses and don’t need instructions from me.”
Runner-up Eternally is going the right way according to her trainer John Gosden, who may well step the Cheveley Park Stud-owned daughter of Dutch Art up in class.
Jockey Jim Crowley found that the winner had got first run on Eternally and Gosden felt the quicker ground meant she could not close the length and a quarter gap on Mise En Rose.
He said: “She was a little keen early. Jim said he would have preferred to let her roll, but he wanted to educate her a bit and she has run a great race and finished well. I’m very happy with her.
“The ground is quick enough for her – we could probably have done with a bit more juice in it, but she has run a great race.
“She is a lovely filly with plenty of scope and she is improving.
“We might get bold and have a go at the (Group Three) Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood. Why not? She is creeping up the handicap now and there are not many seven-furlong three-year-old handicaps for fillies.”