Promising Mr Marrakech leaves it late at Chelmsford

Gosden earmarks Newmarket next for unbeaten colt

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Mr Marrakech booked his ticket to bigger things with victory in the Bet Placepot At totesport.com Novice Stakes at Chelmsford on Thursday evening.

The John Gosden-trained colt made a winning debut at Kempton last month and built on that with a narrow success from Tadbir in the hands of Frankie Dettori.

Dettori could hardly have timed it better on the even-money favourite, and while it was a close-run thing he gave the impression of being rather a cosy winner, even though there was only a nose in it.

Gosden told At The Races: “It was way above normal standard for that sort of event, a proper novice.

“We’re pleased with our horse, he does have this little habit of when he gets there he thinks he’s done enough, he’s done that in a couple of pieces of work, but he’s young and that’s only his second run.

“He’s learning and we’ll see if we can go to something like the King Charles (II Stakes, at Newmarket, May 19), a Listed race – that might be the next place to go.”

Promising Mr Marrakech leaves it late at Chelmsford
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