Escobar deals out another victory

The unbeaten Escobar took another step in the right direction with a forthright success in the Denford Stud Washington Singer Stakes.

Escobar ridden by Frankie Dettori wins the Denford Stud Washinton Singer Stakes

Trained by Hugo Palmer and 3,001st career success for Frankie Dettori, Escobar was held up in the early stages as Chesham Stakes third Frankuus helped cut out the early gallop.

However soon after halfway the writing was already on the wall in front and it was Mr Scaramanga who was sent to the front by Sean Levey.

Dettori, though, was just beginning to wind Escobar up from off the pace and the pair accelerated to the front and an unassailable lead from before the furlong-pole. At the line, he scored by an eased-down length and a quarter at even-money,

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Palmer's assistant George Boughey said: "He did it in great style. He's done so well from his first run to his second run, grown up a lot. We had a lip-chain on him, which has just put the edge on him, helped channel his energies in the right way.

"He put it to bed quite early but he has always shown a good change of gear. He has always been a horse for next year and he will get a mile.

"Frankie said take it nice and slowly as he is next year's horse. We just had to get this stepping-stone out the way first before we could see where we go and he did it well.

"He got a bit lonely in front and he was still a bit green. I'd say we won't be jumping up to Group One level yet we will let him develop in his own time."

The winner holds entries in the Champagne Stakes and Royal Lodge Stakes but after taking this Listed event, which in previous years has been won by subsequent Classic winners Lammtarra and Rodrigo De Triano, Dettori said he might be more inclined to wait for next season now.

Dettori added: "We've got quite a headwind. I think he got a bit caught in the wind when he was out there, but it felt like there was more in the tank.

"He's got lots of scope for next year, he's a nice horse. I'm not the owner or the trainer, so they can take no notice of what I say, but I'd let him develop through the autumn and I think he can become a nice horse."

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