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Goodwood on Pogo’s agenda after Criterion success

Pogo set up a possible tilt at Goodwood’s Lennox Stakes with a gritty display in the House Of Cavani Menswear Criterion Stakes at Newmarket.

The Charlie Hills-trained six-year-old entire appears to be in the form of his life and followed up a win at Haydock last time out – defying a Group Three penalty in the process.

He looked a sitting duck as Sunray Major, with James Doyle replacing Frankie Dettori on the John Gosden and Thady Gosden-trained five-year-old, looking a huge threat, but Pogo gamely battled back and went away to win by two lengths.

“That was really good. He has been a star. He had a penalty to carry but the track suits him really well and once he hit the rising ground, he was gone,” said Hills of the 18-5 winner.

“It looked like Sunray Major might pass him, but he is tough and he loves his racing. He has got a big heart and it looks like he is improving a bit.

“There was not much on for him and with a dry forecast it made sense to come here. I think we will probably go for the Lennox Stakes next at Goodwood.”

Rebel’s Romance was given a 33-1 quote for the Breeders’ Cup Classic by Betfair after getting back to winning ways in the House Of Cavani Menswear Fred Archer Stakes.

Winner of the UAE Derby in 2021 for Charlie Appleby, he showed little in two starts in Dubai earlier this year.

William Buick was on board and said of the 9-4 favourite: “Charlie felt he was the right horse for me to ride out of the two (stablemate Kemari was second).

“He lost his form this winter in Dubai on dirt, but don’t forget as a three-year-old he was a five-length UAE Derby winner, but that was all on dirt and the turf is very different.”

Buick and Appleby had earlier teamed up to win the It’s Racing Staff Week Maiden Fillies’ Stakes with the impressive Fairy Cross (evens favourite).

Appleby said: “I was pleased with that. She ran an OK race on her first start which was won by a nice filly (Mawj).

“We certainly came forward for that run and she needed a little bit of time between her first and second run, but she has done it well today. She could do no more than beat what was in front of her.

“William was pleased with her. Potentially we will look at some black type races now with her and I feel she is a filly that should pick up some black type before the season is out.”

Buick also won on Harry and Roger Charlton’s Ashky (15-8 favourite) in the Time Test Fillies’ Handicap.

The Gosden and Dettori split has garnered plenty of the headlines in recent days and one of his possible mounts, Mimikyu (15-8) scored under Robert Havlin.

Pogo sticks to his guns for John Of Gaunt victory

Charlie Hills was celebrating as Pogo held on gamely to scoop the Betfred John Of Gaunt Stakes in a thrilling four-way finish to the Group Three contest at Haydock.

Given an enterprising ride from the front by Kieran Shoemark, the son of Zebedee refused to be headed when challenged at all angles in the closing stages, holding on by a nose from Laneqash, with last-year’s winner Kinross a further neck adrift in third.

The Frankie Dettori-ridden Sunray Major completed the quartet disputing matters at the finish and although flying home from his position at the rear of the field inside the final two furlongs, he was half a length away from the winner at the line.

It was a welcome return to form for the six-year-old Pogo, who has been seen in globe-trotting action at both Meydan and Saudi Arabia in the early part of the year and was handed a quote of 25-1 by Betfair for the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood later in the year.

The winning trainer was delighted with the performance, saying: “That was fantastic and I thought Kieran gave him a peach of a ride. He used his initiative, got him to the front and controlled it from there really.

“He obviously has some very good form and I thought he ran some good races abroad over trips that probably weren’t ideal for him – seven furlongs suits him best.

“He really deserved to win a race like that and we might look to take him to France later in the year for races like the Prix Daniel Wildenstein and the Prix de la Foret.

“I was thinking we’d come here today and then look at the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket, but he’ll have a penalty in that now so we’ll see.”

Shoemark has now been aboard Pogo for four of his six career victories and added: “He’s very straightforward and quick from the gates, albeit he was probably a stride slower than usual today.

“He’s quick into his stride and I thought we got it very easy round the bend and I was able to ask him up the gears under no pressure. It was a game performance and that’s what he is – he does try.

Windsor Races – June 28th
Pogo ridden by Kieran Shoemark when winning at Windsor in 2021 (Hugh Routledge/PA)

“They came to me a furlong down and I thought they were going to go past me, but they never seemed to get any closer and he stuck his neck out.

“He’s a very likeable horse who has run some huge races. He’s been third in a Group One and placed in Group Twos and he’s a dual Listed winner, so it’s a bit of a relief and a feather in his cap to get a Group-race success.”