Magna Grecia

Magna Grecia confirmed the huge promise of his run at Newmarket a fortnight earlier, as he won the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes at Doncaster.

Eleven colts went to post for the final Group One of the British Flat Season in 2018.

At the start of this mile event, it was Western Australia who led from stable mate Circus Maximus and Kuwait Currency.

Western Australia continued to blaze a trail and the front three moved a couple of lengths clear of the pack.

Passing the three furlong pole, Kuwait Currency dropped away and Western Australia continued to lead Circus Maximum.

Heading to the furlong pole, Circus Maximus finally caught Western Australia, but the action unfolded down the centre of the track, as Magna Grecia and Phoenix Of Spain closed and headed the front-runners. Great Scot was another to make ground out wider, but he just lacked the momentum.

In a thrilling finish, Magna Grecia and Donnacha O’Brien just got up from Phoenix Of Spain, with Western Australia keeping on to make it an Aidan O’Brien trained first and third.

Magna Grecia, a son of Invincible Spirit, was paying a compliment to his Newmarket conqueror Persian King.

He had to survive a Steward’s Enquiry after bumping with Phoenix Of Spain.