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Decent outing for Dubai's Godolphin at Guineas Festival

James Jose/Dubai
Filed on June 6, 2020
Godolphin's Terebellum, with Frankie Dettori onboard, wins the Group 2 Dahlia Fillies' Stakes on Saturday. - Supplied photo

Frankie Dettori pilots Terebellum to victory in the Group 2 Dahlia Fillies' Stakes, while Pinatubo settles for third in the prestigious Group 1 British 2000 Guineas

Godolphin had a decent outing in the Guineas Festival at Newmarket with a Group 2 victory and two fighting third place finishes on Saturday.

Famed Italian jockey Frankie Dettori wore the royal blue silks of Godolphin to pilot Terebellum to victory in the Group 2 Dahlia Fillies' Stakes.

Meanwhile, hot favourite Pinatubo made a fist of it in the final stages before settling for third in the prestigious Group 1 British 2000 Guineas, one of the classics of the season.

Terebellum, the four-year-old filly from the celebrated Sea The Stars, winner of the 2000 Guineas, the Derby and the Eclipse Stakes, won the one-mile and two-furlong contest by one and a quarter lengths.

Saddled by leading British handler, John Gosden, who has trained more than 100 Group 1 winners across the world and has clinched the Epsom Derby twice and the Prix de l'Arc three times, Terebellum is now unbeaten in three starts.

Godolphin mare Magic Lily, conditioned by Charlie Appleby and the mount of William Buick, finished third in the same race.

"Terebellum did that well," said John Gosden.

"She got a little tired but she has only been on the Al Bahathri (gallop) and this was her first time on grass in a long time. I think the first three are nice fillies and that was not a weak Dahlia at all," added the 69-year-old.

Gosden, who has Shimmering in the 1000 Guineas on Sunday, and is eyeing a third Ascot Gold Cup later this month with Stradivarius, is charting out the next step for Terebellum.

Group 1 affairs at The Curragh and Deauville could be lined up for her.

"That is her trip and she wouldn't have wanted deep ground today. We'll see what we do going forward, there are G1 races like the Pretty Polly at the Curragh and the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville for her," Gosden added.

Meanwhile, Dettori, who rode all seven winners on British Champions' Day at Ascot in 1996, was delighted with Terebellum's run.

"Terebellum has been doing some decent work in the mornings and I had some big hopes for her. It turned into a 'sit and sprint' but I was in a good position and she quickened really well," said the 49-year-old.

Meanwhile, Military March was fourth behind Pinatubo, with the race won by Kameko.

Elsewhere, at Newcastle, Nayef Road, owned by Dubai-based Mohamed Obaida, won the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes.

Meanwhile, Palace Pier, owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, triumphed in the Heed Your Hunch Handicap over a mile, also at Newcastle.

Daarik, owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Minister of Finance, clinched the Heed Your Hunch Handicap over seven furlongs.

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