Khalidi could only manage third on his reappearance at the start of the month but he showed significant improvement to land the Listed contest at Newmarket
JOHN GOSDEN landed another Feilden Stakes with Khalidi as he followed in the footsteps of 2015 winner and Golden Horn.
Khalidi showed willingness and a touch of quality to win for Gosden and connections having only made his seasonal reappearance, when he was beaten, just a fortnight ago.
BET £5 AND GET A FREE BET WITH SUN BETS
Montataire steadily took the field along until the penultimate furlong when the front-runner went out like a light and 5-2 favourite Salouen took charge.
But the Frankie Dettori-ridden Khalidi (7-2) suddenly arrived with a powerful surge on the outside of the field, and as hard as Salouen tried, he could not claw back a neck deficit.
Law And Order was a never-nearer third.
Gosden said: “That was probably his Derby day, he ran very well at Doncaster on the opening day of the season, trying to give weight away to unexposed horses and he’s only a little guy.
“We knew he’d love the ground today as it was a bit loose the last day.
Leicester City’s chairman bags a winner at Newmarket ahead of the club’s crucial Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid
Conor McGregor arrives in style at Aintree for the Grand National after getting a private jet AND a Rolls Royce
Robin Dickin hopeful Thomas Crapper can go very close in the Silver Trophy at Cheltenham
William Haggas runs Sea Of Grace in the Nell Gwyn Stakes in the hope she can become a Classic horse
SPARKS CAN FLY
Brian Meehan expects Spark Plug to be fit enough for Wednesday’s Earl Of Sefton Stakes
DUKE POWERS HOME
Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power continue their big-race hot streak with Boylesports Irish Grand National success for Our Duke
At the post
Fancy going to Royal Ascot? Here’s all the information you need ahead of the world famous race meeting
BAKER FLOWN BACK
George Baker has been flown back to Britain as he continues to be in intensive care
DANDY’S A GENIUS
Retiring trainer Dandy Nicholls labelled a “genius” by son and former jockey Adrian
American sprinter Lady Aurelia will have her Royal Ascot prep run at Keeneland on Saturday
“I don’t think it was a vintage Feilden, but it seemed like the right race to go for.
“He’s a real genuine, sweet horse. I think we should step him up in trip and avoid soft ground.
“I’m all for going straight over a mile and a half now as he did take time to work into it.
“He’s a genuine colt, but very diminutive.”
He added: “I think we can have a look at Chester (Vase) and be bold.”
Dettori said: “The first two or three furlongs I wasn’t able to follow the pace but then he came into the race quite good at the business end.
“I gave him plenty of fresh air because he was getting a bit of kick-back and wasn’t facing the opposition.
“The ground is key, good to firm is what he wants. I think he’ll cope up in class. He’s no Golden Horn, but he’ll do his bit!”