Cymric shines on Appleby debut
A review of Thursday's action from Meydan, where Cymric made a winning debut for Charlie Appleby.
Cymric (left): Won sporting the white cap again at Meydan on Thursday
Cymric, once a classy juvenile for John Gosden, made a winning debut for Charlie Appleby in the EGA Potlines Trophy at Meydan.
It was a measure of how much Gosden thought of him that he gave the son of Kitten's Joy his debut in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and he went on to be beaten just a short neck in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
Not disgraced in the St James's Palace Stakes in June, the winner had not run since Glorious Goodwood but always looked like picking up American Hope in the straight under William Buick.
"He's an uncomplicated horse and very versatile, he strode out well to the line," said Buick.
"It's nice to get him off to a winning start. There's more to come from him and this is a nice stepping stone. He had high-class form as a two-year-old and he could be an exciting horse. The team at home have done a great job."
Another former Gosden inmate, Furia Cruzada, just held on to win the second round of the Al Maktoum Challenge. A champion in South America, she ran well in the UK without winning, with her best being a second place in the Lancashire Oaks.
It looked plain sailing entering the final furlong for Erwin Charpy's mare, but Antonio Fresu was ultimately flat out in fending off Second Summer.
Fresu said: "She's very tough, she loves the dirt and to be honest she's not 100 per cent fit so I'm looking forward to her next race. I ride her every day and said to everyone she could run well but she'd improve for the race."
There was a shock in the Al Shindagha Sprint when Cool Cowboy turned over Muarrab.
Having been running over further for most of his career it was no surprise he finished off strongly for Pat Dobbs.
"Hopefully he'll be a player on World Cup night," said winning trainer Doug Watson.
Belgian Bill was denied what would have been a popular win in the Jebel Ali Trophy when caught late on by Sanshaawes, who was giving Mike de Kock and Christophe Soumillon their obligatory winner on the night.
George Baker's veteran made a bold bid for him some way out under Pat Cosgrave and only narrowly failed to hold on.
Another veteran was just denied in the concluding EGA Al Taweelah Trophy, as the Jeremy Gask-trained 11-year-old Medicean Man was nabbed right on the line by the Chris Hayes-ridden Speed Hawk.
Trained by Dhruba Selvaratnam, the winner was getting his head in front for the first time since Yarmouth in September 2014, when he was in the care of Robert Cowell.
Hayes said: "Medicean Man is a warrior and I was struggling to get by him, but my lad tries hard. I think he is only just getting his confidence, full credit to Dhruba he picked out this race once I got off him the last day and it's great it's worked out."