All eyes were on France on Sunday as Galileo Gold and Ribchester went head to head in a field of the best French milers at Deauville. Hugo Palmer’s star 3YO was sent off the short-priced favourite, as many assumed Galileo Gold could bounce back from his determined second place in the Sussex Stakes, as The Gurkha missed out due to a colon problem. Elsewhere, there was a strong Listed heat at Pontefract, where Ed Vaughn’s Mehronissa continued her steady improvement to take the honours.
2 55 RIBCHESTER (R Fahey) 37/10, Group 1, 1M, Good
In an action packed race, with a host of disappointments and some near misses, Ribchester delivered what Richard Fahey described as his biggest ever win as a trainer. His 3YO has gone under the radar since his impressive win at Royal Ascot, as The Gurkha and Galileo Gold have perhaps deservedly hogged the limelight. But, with The Gurkha out of action and Galileo Gold’s busy schedule seemingly now getting the better of him, Ribchester was there to take the Group 1 win he deserved. As is typical for Ribchester, he arrived in late style, with William Buick delivering him at the right moment to take the lead in the final stages and keep the impressive Vadamos at bay. The Godolphin horse is now favourite for the QEII at Ascot as the star milers look to be off the boil, whilst Ribchester looks to be improving with every outing.