Lambourn trainer Clive Cox full of joy as Caturra lands Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury
Lambourn trainer Clive Cox was pleased with how Caturra ran his race after he won the Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury on Friday.
The two-year-old closed the leaders and ran close with three furlongs remaining, before taking control and passing the post first.
Cox, who also enjoyed a winner with Wings Of War at Nottingham on the same day, praised Caturra after the race as he was making his first appearance since finishing seventh in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.
“I am really pleased,” explained Cox. “He is a lovely horse. It was a great run at Ascot out of all the horses that raced with the pace.
“When he hits the front, he only ever does enough as he is very laid back so I am very happy and we’ll continue to progress.”
Cox also revealed that he held an entry for this race because of the ground remaining dry, but it’s unknown as to where he will go next as the trainer keeps his options open.
“If it had remained soft here, we wouldn’t have come, so the dry ground allowed us to take this step first.
“Where we go from here will depend on how the horse comes back because we are two weeks away from Goodwood and well-being is key.”
Meanwhile, Reach For The Moon will most likely head for the Solario Stakes at Sandown after winning the EBF Novices Stakes, according to joint-trainer John Gosden.
The two-year-old led from two furlongs out, finishing four lengths ahead of the Andrew Balding-trained Harrow in second place.
After finishing second in the Chesham Stakes at Ascot last month, Reach For The Moon - who is owned by The Queen - made no mistake this time round.
“He was entitled to do that,” admitted Gosden. “There was no pace, and it quickened well, it was a nice performance.
“You can see he is quite playful and because of that, he’ll probably run again in August and we’ll probably look for a race like the Solario.
“He will be comfortable over a mile this year and then comfortable middle distance next year because he switched off with no pace, but quickened well and it’s what you want to see.”
It was one of two winners for John & Thady Gosden as Golden Bugle won a Fillies Handicap, under Frankie Dettori.
Lambourn trainer Richard Hughes handed The Queen her second winner of the afternoon at Newbury as Intelligentsia won a Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
Winning by a neck, ahead of Majestic Glory, Hughes was pleased after likening to the ground.
“It was important that I got a nice flat track with good ground and she is smart, so something like the Dick Pool Stakes [at Salisbury] in six weeks, but I don’t want to rush her back.
“I had a winner for Her Majesty three weeks ago and she is brilliant, she gives you time to wait and there is no panic.”
Bayside Boy was an impressive winner in the Novices Stakes, leading inside the final furlong to finish three-and-a-quarter lengths ahead of pre-race favourite Find.
Elsewhere, Saligo Bay left it late to win an enthralling Handicap Stakes for Beckhampton trainer Roger Charlton.
Sugauli made all the running for trainer Tom Clover in a Class 5 Handicap Stakes, while it was Bhubezi who won the final race of the afternoon.