This prestigious Group 1 was by far the most competitive race he has ever contested and he ran right up to his mark to finish less than three lengths behind the winner, Hong Kong champion racehorse, Designs On Rome.

Farraaj has been a model of consistentcy in 2014 with victories in the John Smith's Cup at York and the valuable Investec Handicap at Epsom's Derby Meeting in addition to finishing third in the Mackinnon Stakes (Group 1) in Australia.

Roger said: "Farraaj has run another solid race in what was by far the strongest race he has ever run in. He wasn't beaten far and has done nothing but improve all year.

"He looked great and was a credit to my staff Joanne Banks and Garry Huntley who have travelled with him to Australia and Hong Kong."

Farraaj on the watered gallop under Andrea Atzeni