Face The Facts has all the answers in Rose Bowl

Thu 28 Sep 2017

The step up in trip enabled Face The Facts to return to winning ways in the Jockey Club Rose Bowl Stakes at Newmarket.

John Gosden's three-year-old won a maiden at Haydock over one-mile-three in April but has been found wanting since.

Gelded before his penultimate outing in a valuable race back on Merseyside, he took a step in the right direction when finishing third over a mile and three-quarters.

Up another two furlongs for this Listed prize, the son of Nathaniel relished the stamina test and just saw off the veteran Nearly Caught by a length.

Well backed through the day, Face The Facts was sent off at 9-2. The 5-2 favourite UAE King was third.

Gosden said: "He was unlucky last time at Haydock in that ground, he ran a blinder and got collared late. He probably went a bit early on testing ground. Today we waited a little longer. It's lovely to win a Listed race with a horse like that.

"I think we have found our minimum trip. He is suited by this track lay-out. He is a grand horse and we will have to find something else with him. Maybe we might attack the French next."

Ghaiyyath earned quotes for next year's Investec Derby after making his second start a winning one in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.

Having finished third on his debut at Doncaster, the Charlie Appleby-trained son of Dubawi, who cost €1.1 million as a foal, made the necessary progression to run out a facile five-length winner of the mile contest.

The Godolphin-owned 11-8 favourite was introduced at 33-1 for the Epsom Classic with Stan James and 25-1 with Paddy Power.

Appleby said: "He was a bit keen and that is why we put the hood on him. We wanted him to do what he does in the morning and go out there and lead them a merry gallop.

"We knew he had come forward from Doncaster and we fully respected Mr Gosden's colt (Tiffin Top), but we were very confident this horse had come on enough.

"We will potentially put him away for the year."

Rastrelli showed his appreciation for an undulating track after backing up his last-time-out victory at Brighton in the newmarketracecourses.co.uk Nursery Handicap.

The 7-2 chance completed a quickfire double for Appleby and jockey James Doyle when wearing down long-time leader Global Conqueror in the closing strides of the mile event, before posting victory by three-quarters of a length.

Appleby said: "One thing we knew is that he would see out the trip. We purposely dropped back to seven furlongs last time as it was the right race at Brighton.

"We felt going back up to a mile would eke out a bit more improvement. I think for the rest of his career he will be going further again. He is what he is, he is a nursery horse this year and will be a nice handicapper next year."

Toy Theatre gained her first victory on turf with a battling front-running success in the Swynford Manor Wedding Venue Fillies' Handicap.

Despite racing from out of the weights, the Mick Appleby-trained mare put in a spirited display under champion jockey-elect Silvestre de Sousa.

Although Parlance laid down a serious challenge, she could not quite reel in the 8-1 winner, with a neck separating the pair at the line.

Appleby said: "She is tough. We have just been waiting for the ground as she wants a bit of cut.

"I said to Silvestre if nothing wants to go on, try pinch it from the front as she is tough.

"I will probably give her one more run in a few weeks. I'll have a look and see what there is. Whether we will keep her in training for next year I'm not sure."

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