Contrapposto has Group One aim

News of the pick of the action from Nottingham where a pair of colts with Group One aspirations were unleashed.

James Doyle (right) rode a double at Nottingham

David Menuisier faces a headache of the positive kind after Contrapposto enhanced his chances of an outing in the Racing Post Trophy with a clear-cut success at Nottingham.

The Pulborough handler already has recent Salisbury winner Make Time in contention for a shot at the Group One prize at Doncaster later this month and raised the possibility of a twin assault after his son of Cacique came good at the third attempt in the EBF Stallions 32Red Casino Oath Maiden Stakes.

After finding only subsequent Champagne Stakes winner Rivet too strong at York on his last start, the 5-2 shot dug deep from the sharp end under Martin Dwyer to take victory by two and a quarter lengths.

Menuisier said: "He ran really well in the Convivial at York. Instead of putting a gun to his head and running him quickly, I gave him plenty of time off to strengthen up as ultimately he will be better next year.

"He was a little bit fresh but I said to Martin to let him enjoy himself and get him into his stride. Without being cheeky to the others I think it was just a nice piece of work today.

"The Criterium International is now over seven furlongs, which is probably too short for him. There is also the Criterium de Saint Cloud over a mile and a quarter, but that can be a big ask as it is often run on heavy ground.

"He is in the Racing Post Trophy and that is another option.

"I could run both him and Make Time in the Racing Post Trophy, but perhaps it makes more sense not to run them in the same race.

"Some Irish fellow (Aidan O'Brien) is quite successful at running more than one in a race, though!

"It is one of those good headaches to have."

Dreamfield received a quote of 20-1 from Sky Bet for next year's Qipco 2000 Guineas after making a sparkling debut in the first division of the 10 Free At Maiden Stakes.

A son of Oasis Dream out of top-class mare Izzi Top, the youngster justified 4-5 favouritism in scintillating fashion, scoring by eight lengths in hands of James Doyle.

Doyle said: "I had some nice vibes from Mr (John) Gosden and he said he had been working nicely at home. He has clearly got an engine.

"He travelled through very smooth and he could have done with a lead really, but he showed a little bit of natural pace.

"Once I got him stretching he levelled up and changed his leads a couple of times. It was probably the first time he encountered this ground."

Doyle and Gosden went on to complete a double with Outre Mer (10-11), who backed up his win at the course seven days ago in the EBF Stallions Nursery.

The second division of the six-furlong maiden went to even-money favourite Dark Power.

Although not as visually impressive as Dreamfield, scoring by just a short-head, trainer Clive Cox was pleased enough with his performance.

Cox said: "He is a nice scopey horse and hopefully he will make up into a nice three-year-old.

"The pair of them came nicely clear as the second horse (Pillar Of Society) came with him. He is horse that I very much think will improve with another winter on his back.

"He is a nice big baby and I'm pleased that he has managed to make a good impression. I'd imagine we will leave him be and that will be it for the year now."

The David Evans-trained Awesome Allan (20-1) pushed Jim Crowley another step closer to his first Flat jockeys' title with a neck success in the 32Red Casino Nursery.

Al Destoor (4-1) from the yard of Jennie Candlish gained a long overdue first success in the Handicap, while Jonjo O'Neill enjoyed a rare winner on the Flat after Stanley (12-1) prevailed by a length and a quarter in the 32Red On The App Store Handicap.

Nathan Evans was seen at his most effective when virtually carrying the Mick Easterby-trained Pivotman (7-1) over the line in the concluding Apprentice Handicap.

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