Best outcome in Royal Lodge

Best Of Days justified strong market support to take the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes for James Doyle and Hugo Palmer.

Best Of Days and James Doyle (royal blue) lead the field home to win the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes.

Available at 5/2 just 20 minutes before the race, the price of the Azamour colt had crashed through the floor to 6/5 by the time the stalls opened for the Group Two prize.

Bought by Godolphin after his debut success, Best Of Days was beaten over seven furlongs at York last month but showed he was suited by a mile as he made his stamina count to get back to winning ways.

Godolphin's other runner Bay Of Poets looked dangerous at one point but when his challenge faded, the favourite made his bid and the Palmer-trained colt struck the front.

The Anvil came late for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore, but was still a neck down at the post. Sea Fox and Arcada dead-heated for third place, three-quarters of a length further away.

Sky Bet left the price of Best Of Days unchanged at 25/1 for next year's QIPCO 2000 Guineas and 33/1 for the Investec Derby on the back of the success.

Doyle said: "The way we looked at the race we thought we would try and use his stamina a little bit, but when I eased him out he was feeling the ground a little bit. He faltered a little bit then but once he hit the rising ground, he was able to use his stride again.

"I think we got away with it today, with the ground and the track not suiting him. On easier ground it would have suited him a bit better and he stays very well. He's got a turn of foot but he does stay."

The jockey has been in the news in recent days having seemingly fallen down the pecking order at Godolphin, with Saeed bin Suroor revealing that Doyle was no longer number one rider for his yard.

"It's been a bit hard to take really," Doyle told Racing UK. "A lot has been said, but all I can do is keep riding winners. I'm getting a lot of support from everyone. But I have to respect Saeed's decision. He can run his stable as he sees fit and I just have to try the best I can."

Spokesman Michael Shinners commented: "Best Of Days landed a fair few bets having been 5/2 in the morning, and we've already seen support for next year's Classics.

"Clearly, he needs to improve to emulate Frankel in following victory in this race by taking the 2000 Guineas, but connections will consider that job done and he could well come into his own in 2017."

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