Good Effort blitzed the opposition with a superb sprinting display in the Betway Golden Rose Stakes at Lingfield.
Apprentice Ray Dawson was unable to claim his 3lb allowance in the Listed heat – but it made no difference thanks to a totally dominant display from the front in the fast-track qualifier for the all-weather championships.
Good Effort (5-2 favourite) flew out of the stalls and grabbed the rail which enabled him to power round unchallenged and complete a five-timer.
Ismail Mohammed’s five-year-old entire swept past the post a length and a half to the good over Lampang. On The Warpath was a head away in third.
Dawson said: “Good Effort is such a professional and it is a privilege to be getting opportunities on a horse like this. It is everything you aim for as a jockey, getting on horses as good as him.
“He is so professional – he pinged the stalls and travelled, and just does everything in his own time. With this horse, you almost just let him dictate the pace while you sit on him. You just let him do it himself really. It is privilege to ride a horse like this.
“He will obviously come back here for Finals Day, but I was just chatting with Jose Santos (assistant trainer) about what to do in the meantime as there are a couple of races that he could go for. Jose does an awful lot of work in Ismail Mohammed’s yard and he has done a great job with this horse.”
Dubai Warrior duly landed the odds to register a third course success in the Listed Betway Churchill Stakes.
John Gosden’s four-year-old hit the front at the top of the straight and soon saw off Palavecino to be clear in the final furlong under Robert Havlin.
Sinjaari made good late work to grab second place, three and a half lengths behind the convincing winner of the other fast-track qualifier on the card.
Havlin said: “Dubai Warrior has always been a big boy and, as you saw today, he is still a bit big. He is not one we bully at home, so he will come on for the run.
“I only thought the pace was strong for two furlongs down the back and then it steadied up again. I just didn’t want to give Martin (Dwyer, on Palavecino) too much rope. We had a ding-dong and he stayed with me for a bit, but this lad knows his way around here.
“He was 9lb clear on the ratings today, but you still have to go out there and reproduce it. As I said, he is still a bit big today and took a blow with me turning in, which worried me for a stride or two, but then off he went before looking at the big screen as he normally does.
“Dubai Warrior has only run twice on turf in France and at Sandown (beaten both times), and I don’t think we can completely write that off just yet. He doesn’t want soft ground, as he is a real good mover who floats along. We will have to pick our races carefully, but I am sure the boss has a plan.”