Dee Ex Bee confirmed he will probably be a serious participant within the Ascot Gold Cup after enhancing his place because the rising star of the staying division within the Matchbook VIP Henry II Stakes at Sandown.
The Mark Johnston-trained son of Farhh might not be the flashiest horse in coaching, however he’s efficient at getting the job accomplished – as he demonstrated in backing up his victory within the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot within the Group Three prize.
Dictating issues from the outset, the 4-7 favorite kicked from the entrance when set to be challenged by his stablemate Austrian Faculty and Mekong, earlier than defeating the latter by a size and three-quarters, to finish a fast double for Silvestre de Sousa.
The Middleham coach stated: “I assume he’s a bit lazy and we in all probability noticed that final time as nicely.
“William Buick stated precisely the identical and Silvestre stated each time he got here away from Austrian Faculty he dropped the bit and he must take him again there to get racing once more.
“Each Charlie (Johnston) and I stated we needed to see Austrian Faculty go up there and take him on and make it extra of a take a look at of stamina, however then within the straight when he tried to he could not get there.
“It seemed gradual to me early on, however I was shocked Making Miracles was not in a position to go the tempo and Austrian Faculty was unable to stand up there and go at Dee Ex Bee.
“I assume the additional half-mile (of the Gold Cup) will probably be nothing however constructive.
“We had some reservations coming right here in a five-runner race from the viewpoint of the horse’s score and repute, in that he had not so much to realize, however the whole lot to lose.
“The aim is to win the Ascot Gold Cup and if we are going to do that he needed another run.”
Flippa The Strippa may also sit up for an outing on the Royal assembly following a shock success within the Nationwide Stakes.
Despatched off at 16-1, the De Sousa-ridden daughter of Outstrip backed up her current victory at Chepstow when displaying loads of velocity to seize the five-furlong Listed prize.
Taking it up round a furlong from dwelling, the Charlie Hills-trained two-year-old – regardless of hanging late on – had sufficient in hand to see off Jm Jackson by a size and 1 / 4.
Hills stated: “We must take a look at Ascot now. She confirmed a very good flip of foot there. The race was in all probability a bit bit run to swimsuit her.
“There was loads of tempo on and she or he received a pleasant tow into it. She was nonetheless a bit inexperienced when she hit the entrance, however she put the race to mattress nicely.
“I’m sure she will get six furlongs in time. I’d think Queen Mary more so than the Albany at this stage.”