Favored Alkaased confidently won Sunday's Jockey Club Stakes (Eng-II) by 1 1/2 lengths over Gamut while gearing down at the end of the 1 1/2-mile event at Newmarket .
The Clovelly Farms-bred 5-year-old son of Kingmambo
, guided to victory by Jimmy Fortune, trailed in the five-horse field until there was little more than two furlongs remaining. Responding quickly, Alkaased soared past the pacesetting Gamut to a clear advantage with an eighth of a mile to go and was ridden out. Gamut edged Bandari by a short head for second.
The 2-1 choice was making his 2005 debut for trainer Luca Cumani.
"He has done nothing but improve all along," Cumani told Racing Post
. "He improved between three and four and has improved again between four and five. What I liked today was that he traveled so well and he was the last horse off the bridle."
Alkaased completed the 12-furong journey in 2:31.43 on a course that was mostly good and firm in places.
Cumani said the Coronation Cup (Eng-I) at Epsom Downs June 3 is a natural goal for Alkaased.
Warrsan was well beaten in fourth with Massif Centrale last.