Doyle enjoys Best of Days in Royal Lodge win

Best Of Days hung on grimly to take the Group Two honours in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket.

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 and when his challenge faded, the 6-5 favourite made his bid and the Hugo Palmer-trained colt struck the front.

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

It was a timely success for winning rider James Doyle, who has experienced a trying week, having lost his position as recognised number one to Saeed bin Suroor.

He said: "It was quite important to get the job done on this fella today. We could have just done with a drop of water last night for this lad.

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"We knew he'd stay, we were quite keen to let him press on but when I pulled him out and wanted to get going he was chopping and changing (legs) on the ground.

"It's only his third start, so you have to forgive a horse going through the dip like that. He stays well and will be much better with some give underfoot."

He added of his riding situation: "It's been a bit hard to take really, obviously a lot has been said on it but all I can do is keep riding winners and doing what I can to the best of my ability. I've had a lot of support from everyone.

"I have to respect Saeed's decision, ultimately he's the boss of the stable and if he sees fit to use other jockeys I have to respect that and go about my business the best I can really."

In the opener, the well-supported Talaayeb headed a one-two owner for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum in the Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Backed down to 10-1 from 25-1, the Owen Burrows-trained youngster ran out an authoritative winner from the Charlie Hills-trained Neshmeya in the same colours.

How's Lucy and Elas Ruby set the early pace while The Lacemaker joined in before Neshmeya, the 7-4 favourite, came with a promising run.

However, Paul Mulrennan delivered Talaayeb with a surge that saw her go two and a half lengths clear at the line. The Lacemaker was three lengths away in third place.

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