Goodwood: Yalta breaks juvenile track record in Molecomb

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Yalta storms away from his rivals under James McDonald

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 By Alex Wiltshire 2:40PM 27 JUL 2016 

Report: Goodwood

Victoria Racing Club Molecomb Stakes (Group 3), 5f, 2yo colts and geldings

Yalta flew out the gates first and never saw another rival as he dominated the Molecomb Stakes to win readily for trainer Mark Johnston at odds of 8-1.


The son of Exceed And Excel posted two disappointing efforts most recently, latterly in the July Stakes at Newmarket where he only beat one rival home.

However he returned to form in devastating fashion to deny The Last Lion and 2-1 favourite Global Applause, with neither able to get close to the three-length winner.

Juvenile track record

Trainer Mark Johnston expressed his surprise at the performance, after bringing him back in trip on the advice of jockey James McDonald following his run at Newmarket.

“To be honest, I was a bit devastated when he got beaten the last couple of times as we thought so much of him,” said Johnston.

“Although James McDonald had told me to bring him back to five furlongs after his last run, I couldn’t really believe him as he’s got so much size and scope and doesn’t look like a sprinter.”

Yalta was so quick that he set a juvenile track record at the distance, stopping the clock at 57.14 seconds. The previous best was 57.30 seconds, set by Cotai Glory in 2014.

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Ulysses coming through to win under Andrea Atzeni

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Beringice Gordon Stakes (Group 3), 1m 4f, 3yo colts and geldings

Ulysses stormed to victory in impressive fashion to dispel memories of a poor Derby display and demonstrate the ability his pedigree promised, providing Sir Michael Stoute with a ninth victory in a race he last won in 2014.

A son of Galileo and out of Oaks winner Light Shift, Ulysses was once again prominent in the early betting before drifting to a start price of 9-2 and being toppled as favourite by Platitude, who only beat one home.

Fears of another underwhelming display by Ulysses were resoundly dismissed, as the colt travelled smoothly through the field before being asked for an effort inside the final furlong. Andrea Atzeni pushed him out to the line to hold off the Aidan O’Brien-trained pair of The Major General and Shogun, who was a distant third.

‘Still learning’

Jockey Andrea Atzeni, who kept the ride following the Derby, was impressed with his ruthless display.

“He put the race to bed very quickly,” he said. “He travelled well through the race and although he was a little bit keen, he’s probably still learning but he has lots of ability.”

Sir Michael Stoute said that Ulysses would not be supplemented for the St Leger in September.

“He got badly buffeted and knocked around at Epsom, which didn’t do him any good, so we backed off him and brought him along smoothly,” he said.

“He’ll have learned a lot today and still has more to learn but he has good potential. I like him on that surface as he can accelerate on it. He can go ten furlongs or twelve but he wouldn’t be going to the St Leger. He’s in the Voltigeur and the Eugene Adam, but we’ll take our time deciding where to go.”

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