Owned by Prince A. A. Faisal, Lahore broke his maiden over six furlongs at this course in April and having performed with credit in the Group 3 Prix de Meautry Barriere at Deauville last month, he took full advantage of the step up in trip and drop in grade, readily drawing clear of his seven rivals to beat the Ian Williams-trained Bengal Lancer by four lengths.
A son of Elusive Quality who is from the family of top sires Invincible Spirit and Kodiac, Lahore’s career record now stands at three wins from four starts and the manner of this success under his owner’s retained rider Silvestre De Sousa suggests the three-year-old will make his mark at stakes level.
Roger said: “Lahore is a colt we have always liked and he ran perfectly respectably in much hotter company at Deauville last month. He clearly handled the easy ground fine and he travelled beautifully upped in trip – we will probably look to raise his sights now.”
Mount Logan developed a strong affiliation with Goodwood earlier in his career but the idiosyncratic cambers of the Sussex Downs seem to have been replaced by the flat, sweeping turns of Town Moor as he recorded his third victory from four starts at Doncaster.
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid’s son of New Approach was not quite as impressive as when landing the spoils by six lengths last year, but he showed an excellent attitude under Andrea Atzeni, tracking Red Verdon through before asserting inside the final quarter mile to prevail by a length.
Roger said: “Mount Logan has proved a model of consistency all season and he deserved to get his head in front again. He hasn’t run a bad race this year and we will try to get another stakes success on the board before the summer is out.”