Robert Cowell believes the best is yet to come from Global Applause after the four-year-old sprinter took Listed honours in the D C Training And Development Services Scarbrough Stakes at Doncaster.
The Mayson colt is now two from two since his move from Ed Dunlop’s stable, but Cowell will give him just one more race this term and save him for 2019.
Global Applause (2-1 favourite) is returning to the smart form he showed as a juvenile when he won the National Stakes and was placed in the Molecomb and Mill Reef Stakes.
It was a game effort as he withstood by a head the late challenge of El Astronaute, who rallied after Cowell’s charge went past him.
Last year’s winner, Encore D’Or, also trained by Cowell, was three-quarters of a length away in third.
“Everyone has got different routines and methods. He’s just come good for us and we’re lucky to have him,” said Cowell.
“He’s good at five. We won’t go six, at least not yet.
“I think this horse is pretty good. There’s a lot of fun to be had next year.
“We’ll probably just give him one more race this year. I don’t think there’s any point in taking him to the lions’ den too much.
“He’s still not where I want him. He’s going to be a bigger, stronger horse next year and his confidence is going to be sky high at the moment.”
Khaadem (11-8 favourite) could be heading for bigger things after continuing his education with a cosy success in the British Stallion Studs EBF Conditions Stakes.
The Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket is a possible next step for the Charlie Hills-trained youngster, who made it two wins from three starts as he strode home a length and a quarter ahead of Swissterious under Jim Crowley.
“We thought we’d play it softly with him just to give him more experience before going for the better races,” said Hills.
“He’s obviously in the Middle Park, but I think Sheikh Hamdan (owner) will probably decide where he wants to go. There is a good possibility he could go there.
“He’s got size and scope. Racing is going to do him the world of good.
“He had a nice lead for two furlongs then lost it and got set alight a bit. The better the company, the better he’ll be for a better gallop.”
Arctic Sound (4-1) overcame a tardy start to defy top weight in the Owlerton Greyhound Stadium Nursery Handicap.
James Doyle took his time on the Mark Johnston-trained colt to cut through the pack a furlong out and claim victory by a length and a quarter from Fanaar.
“It wasn’t the plan to be at the back. He messed around in the gates and the hood came off, so he jumped a tad slow then we got a bit of a squeeze and we ended up on the fence,” said Doyle.
“They weren’t going fast so I was able to get off the fence and tucked up in behind Archie Watson’s (Concello) and he won quite well.”
Lady Bergamot (10-1) led two furlongs out on the way to a comfortable success in the EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap.
George Wood let the James Fanshawe-trained filly stride out and she crossed the line a length and a quarter ahead of Thimbleweed.
“She took me into the race lovely and into the lead a bit sooner than I wanted to, but she won easy enough and I’m sure she’ll go on to bigger and better things now,” said Wood.
Saaheq (7-2 joint-favourite) overcame a 389-day absence to strike in the 1stsecuritysolutions.co.uk Handicap on his first start for Michael Appleby.
Bought by The Horse Watchers for 26,000 guineas out of Brian Meehan’s stable, the Invincible Spirit gelding won cosily by a length from Pea Shooter under David Egan.
“It was well worth the wait. He’s very speedy. We’ll see if there is something for him next week,” said Appleby.
Richard Hannon’s Euginio (11-8) returned to the scene of his last triumph 12 months ago and benefited from a drop in grade to lift the four-runner William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Conditions Stakes under Ryan Moore.