Classy Calyx rockets to Coventry Stakes success

Kingman colt delivers in style for Gosden and Dettori

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Calyx maintained his unbeaten record with a most impressive display in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

A son of trainer John Gosden’s former champion miler Kingman, the two-year-old had looked a star in the making on his racecourse debut at Newmarket just 10 days ago and was a heavily-supported 2-1 favourite for this Group Two assignment.

The field split in two soon after the stalls opened and with Frankie Dettori in the saddle, Calyx raced enthusiastically in the group nearest to the grandstand.

Dettori asked his mount to quicken racing inside the final two furlongs and the response was devastating, as Calyx quickly put distance between himself and his rivals.

Advertise and Sergei Prokofiev came home best of the runners that raced on the far side of the track, but had to make do with second and third respectively with Calyx passing the post comfortably ahead.

Gosden said: “He’s very talented, his father was exceptionally talented and he has all of those attributes.

“The high draw may not be the best, and he’s had to race on his own for two furlongs with a huge crowd screaming – that’s a big ordeal for him and I think he’s done amazingly well to win.

“I’d love to give him a nice holiday now and come back for the Prix Morny.”

Asked about the 2000 Guineas, for which Calyx is now favourite with some firms, Gosden said: “I don’t see why not (be a Guineas horse), but I think at the moment we should see if we can win a Group One with him and then think about stepping up.”

Dettori said: “It was pretty special what he did. For a horse second time out to gallop like that out on your own is pretty smart.

“The manner in which he put the race to bed was impressive. Not many two-year-olds have that natural ability.”

Regarding two-year-olds he has ridden, the ever-popular Italian said: “Lady Aurelia over five was probably the best two-year-old performance, but over six as regards colts go he was pretty special.”

Advertise’s trainer Martyn Meade felt his inexperience had counted against him.

He said: “He showed a bit of greenness there. He just had to think about it first, but he’s a really good horse in the making.

“He’s not just a two-year-old. He’s a horse for the future. That’s the whole point about him.

“He has a Group One entry (in the Phoenix Stakes), but I’m quite a believer in slowly moving them up. We’ll have to see how he is at home. You never know about taking that step.”

Classy Calyx rockets to Coventry Stakes success
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