Godolphin Racing's Noverre rallied from off the pace to win Friday's thehorsesmouth.co.uk Champagne Stakes (Eng-II) by 1 1/4 lengths over CD Europe at Doncaster, England. Under Frankie Dettori, the 2-year-old colt completed the seven furlongs, run over good to firm ground (good in places), in 1:25.67.
Noverre disappointed when third in the Prix Morny Casinos Barriere (Fr-I) in August, but made amends Friday with his third career stakes win. The David Loder trainee, sent off at 7-2, has now won four of five races.
"Straight after the Morny I said we should step Noverre up to seven furlongs and he's a different horse at this trip," Dettori told Sporting Life. "We did give the winner a couple of lengths start at Deauville but Bad As I Wanna Be just took off and you have to respect a horse that wins so easily on the bridle."
Noverre is by Rahy and out of Danseur Fabuleux, who also produced Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Arazi. Arazi's sire, Blushing Groom, is also the sire of Rahy.
Sporting Life reports that Noverre may be targeted for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.