Century Dream sparkles in Diomed Stakes

Plenty to look forward to with Crisford winner

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Century Dream gave Simon Crisford a welcome big-race winner with a smooth success in the Investec Diomed Stakes at Epsom.

The progressive four-year-old was victorious in a Listed race at Ascot last time out and handled the step up to Group Three level with a degree of ease.

William Buick was always in the perfect position as he tracked last year’s winner Sovereign Debt, who took up the running two furlongs out before making his own bid for home.

He took two lengths out of the rest and while the admirable Gabrial made late headway under Frankie Dettori to claim second from True Valour, the 11-4 favourite was never going to be caught.

He won by two and a quarter lengths and Crisford, Godolphin’s former racing manager, can now begin to look for some big prizes.

He said: “That’s fantastic. He travelled into the race and quickened up in impressive fashion. We did earmark this race after the last one, but he is ground dependent and wants a little bit of cut, so when it rained we were happy.

“He likes to get his toe in. He galloped all the way to the line and has done it very well.

“I think we will wait and see what the weather does. If we got really soft ground we would be brave enough to run in a really smart race. I would definitely go travelling with him, but we will see what is around.”

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