Turgenev sets up possible Doncaster outing after Newmarket win

Sat 6 Oct 2018

Turgenev has not been ruled out of a Group One date before the end of the season after a taking performance to win at Newmarket on Saturday.

The Dubawi colt is certainly bred to make an impact at a fair level being out of a multiple Group race winner in Tasaday, and after finishing second on his racecourse bow, he romped home by six lengths at Newcastle last time out.

Sent off the 10-11 favourite for the British EBF Crown At Stowupland Novice Stakes, Turgenev impressed again as he came home a length and a half clear of the Aidan O’Brien-trained Il Paradiso with the minimum of fuss.

Fellow Gosden inmate Franz Kafka was back in third and while Gosden would not commit to an outing in the Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes at Doncaster on October 27, the Group One has certainly not been ruled out.

Gosden said: “It was a good performance to give 6lb away and the ground is now turning. The second looked useful and we like the third.

“He (Turgenev) is improving. He’s in the race (at Doncaster), but I’ll say no more than that and we’ll see how he is in the next 10 days.

“He’s a nice type of horse and seems to have a good mind on him.”

Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori had to settle for second in the opening British EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series Sprint Handicap as Emily Goldfinch sprang a 25-1 surprise.

Trained by Phil McEntee and ridden by 5lb claimer Darragh Keenan, Emily Goldfinch was a length and three-quarters too good for Perfection in the six-furlong heat.

There was a blanket finish to the  £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes but it went to Julie Camacho’s Lorton (13-2) under Kieran O’Neill.

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