Rose Of Kildare showed no signs of a long season catching up with her when showing a warrior-like attitude to take the Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket.
Running for the 12th time this year, the Mark Johnston-trained daughter of Make Believe successfully defied a 3lb penalty for a Group Three victory at Ayr to strike at the same level on her return to seven furlongs.
Hitting the front inside the final furlong, the 12-1 winner stayed on in tenacious fashion to hold off the previously-unbeaten Valeria Messalina by a neck.
Johnston said: “It’s the age old story and we have been here before with the likes of Masham Star. Is it the fact they are tough because they have run 12 times, or the fact that running 12 times has made her tough?
“There is nothing that keeps them sound and tough like regular racing. I have to admit if she wasn’t 3,000 euro filly she would not have run so much earlier on.
“She just came there on the bridle two out and the further she went, the better she got. We will look at the English Guineas and something like the German Guineas as a fall-back.”
Paddy Power and Betfair introduced the winner at 50-1 for the Qipco 1000 Guineas.
Good Vibes made the most of a drop in trip to get her career back on track with victory in the Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes.
The daughter of Due Diligence appeared to appreciate the return to five furlongs, gaining her first success since claiming a Listed contest at York in May with victory in the Group Three event.
Bursting through late on under Richard Kingscote, the David Evans-trained 12-1 shot found plenty when asked for her maximum effort to hold Pistoletto at bay by a neck.
Jason Maguire, racing manager to owners Paul and Clare Rooney, said: “We were a little bit worried about the ground, as it was soft here earlier in the week, then good to soft. She handled it well, but she gets that trip well.
“Dave Evans has done a brilliant job with her, he has always held her in the highest regard and brought her here for her first run. Paul and Clare love their racing and it is good they have a good mare.”
He added: “Coming here was probably going to be her last run of the season, but we will have a chat with Dave and see what he thinks.”
Fanny Logan continued her recent winning spree in the Group Three the Darley Pride Stakes.
Trainer John Gosden said of the 4-5 winner: “The hood helped her a lot as she was a little bit too keen early on in life.
“I think Frankie (Dettori) has just done that doing the minimum. I couldn’t be more pleased with her, winning three Listed races and a Group Three. It was the only place to go with her and it has worked out well.
“It is probably it for the season in Europe, whether we look abroad we will see in a week.”
A spell over hurdles looks set to be put on the back-burner for Trueshan (13-2) after the Alan King-trained three-year-old initiated a double for William Buick with a comprehensive success in the bet365 Old Rowley Cup.
Assistant trainer Dan Horsford said: “He has schooled at home and jumps very well, but I suppose that might be shelved now.
“I’d say the Ebor will definitely come into consideration next year with the money it is worth. The trip would be up his street and the gallop they go in that. He is very uncomplicated and is a horse to look forward to.”
Spring Of Love (5-1) hit the target at the first attempt to complete Buick’s brace when running out a length-and-a-quarter winner of the Godolphin Under Starters Orders’ Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
Trainer Charlie Appleby: “She is a nice filly at home and has been good. To be fair she was the sharper out of the two (Beauty Stone, sixth). I’d say that would be it for now.
“We will see where we are, but she has plenty of scope and hopefully she will develop through the course of the winter.
“On the back of that, if she does develop well enough we could look at one of the Guineas trials, as I don’t think that was a bad performance.”