Sound And Silence charges home for Listed honours at York

Sat 26 Aug 2017

Sound And Silence came from the rear of the field to land the Julia Graves Roses Stakes at York.

Winner of the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Exceed And Excel colt had flopped when stepped up to six furlongs for the July Stakes at Newmarket.

He relished the drop back to the minimum trip to complete a double for trainer Charlie Appleby, jockey James Doyle and owners Godolphin after Secret Advisor's win in the Melrose Handicap.

Sound And Silence (9-2) came through strongly in the final furlong to go on and score by half a length from Abel Handy with Out Of The Flames a neck away in third.

Doyle said: "He's a fair horse. Obviously it was a good performance at Ascot in the Windsor Castle.

"He's clearly a nice horse, very fast and has got a lot of toe. Things didn't work out in the July Stakes.

"He's all about speed. He might get six one day, but I think we're all right where we are."

Appleby's' assistant Alex Merriam said: "Five furlongs is quite obviously his trip, I don't think he stayed at Newmarket.

"He's shown plenty of speed there and I've just spoken to Charlie who mentioned the Flying Childers could be next at Doncaster.

"He's at his best on fast ground so we were delighted the ground dried up."

Eddystone Rock (20-1) just got the better of Titi Makfi to win the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap.

There was nothing between the pair in the closing stages but Pat Dobbs managed to drive the John Best-trained five-year-old home by a short head.

Dark Red was a length and three-quarters away in third with Brorocco staying on for fourth another three-quarters of a length adrift.

Best said: "He's been such an unlucky horse, I said to Pat today to just ride him to give him a chance to win if he was good enough and that is exactly what he did.

"He's in the Cambridgeshire, it might not be far enough but it's a stiff track and they go flat out so he might run in that."

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