John Gosden aims Legends Of War at Coventry Stakes after Great Yarmouth win
PUBLISHED: 18:14 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 19:25 23 May 2018
Newmarket trainer John Gosden is steering Legends Of War towards the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot after an impressive winning debut at Great Yarmouth.
Under Oisin Murphy, Legends Of War, a Scat Daddy colt who cost 900,000 guineas, easily accounted for six rivals to land a new race at the East coast course, the £15,000 British Stallions Stud EBF Stakes over six furlongs for two-year-olds.
Gosden said: “He is a lovely horse and has done everything right at home.
“He will learn a lot from that, as he was a little green, but he came through well. It was a decent race. He is very relaxed at home and picks up well on the gallops. It’s Scat Daddy’s last crop, so when you find a good one, it will be a collector’s item.”
The winner was quoted at 6/1 for the Coventry by Paddy Power, behind 9/4 favourite Sergei Prokofiev, trained by Aidan O’Brien.
Gosden added: “We must think of the Coventry, but let’s see how he is over the next 10 days.”
Legends Of War, returned at 2/1, beat Roger Varian’s San Donato by four lengths and Godolphin’s Leading Spirit, both also making their debuts. Odds-on Burford Brown failed to land a blow in the six-furlong maiden, won by champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa on the Stuart Williams-trained 3/1 chance Lalania. De Sousa then completed a double when top weight Sean O’Casey took the 11-furlong handicap for Michael Appleby. De Sousa had the gelding in front throughout, holding off Scoones to score at 5/4.
Favourite Bailarico defied a six-pound penalty for winning at Chepstow recently to take the 14-furlong handicap under Ed Greatrex. Always well placed, Bailarico, at 4/6, hit the front two furlongs out and held off a closing trio of challengers.
Kaeso, unlucky when hampered in a recent Ascot handicap, compensated by winning the seven-furlong handicap at 4/1 under claimer Lewis Edmunds for Yorkshire-based trainer Nigel Tinkler before Enigmatic, having a first run for Newmarket trainer Alan Bailey since leaving Jamie Osborne’s stable, took the mile handicap under Josh Bryan at 8/1, pulling clear of the field along with runner-up Keepup Kevin.
The finale, the seven-furlong handicap, went to French jockey Gerard Mosse on board trainer Anthony Carson’s 20/1 outsider Gulland Rock.