Gamut's Strong Kick Wins Jockey Club Stakes
Updated: Sunday, May 2, 2004 5:58 PM
Posted: Sunday, May 2, 2004 5:58 PM
Favored Gamut found racing room in the final quarter-mile and galloped on powerfully under Kieren Fallon to record a 1 1/4-length win over Systematic in Sunday's Jockey Club Stakes (Eng-II) at Newmarket.
Sir Michael Stoute trains the winner, who was sent off at 7-4 odds in the 1 1/4-mile event, for owners Derrick and Gay Smith.
"He had to wait for the split but once he got into gear he did it really well," Stoute told The Racing Post
. "The ground was ideal for him and we will see how he comes out of this race but he could go for something like the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot."
Gamut was boxed in at the rail with Dubai Success on his outside as Warrsan, attempting to lead the entire way, battled Systematic on the front end with a quarter-mile to go. Fallon edged Gamut to the left when an opening appeared and the Irish-bred 5-year-old son of Spectrum found his stride going up the hill to hit the front in the late stages.
Systematic, ridden by Kevin Darley, was second, 1 1/2 length ahead of a battling Warrsan, piloted by Darryll Holland.
Dubai Success, who had beaten Gamut by a short head in the John Porter Stakes, had to settle for fourth. Martaline (5th), Jelani (6th), Moments of Joy (7th) completed the order.
The time for 12 furlongs on good going was 2:29.77.
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