Frontiersman defies top weight

Frontiersman ridden by William Buick celebrates after winning the Qatar Racing Handicap at HQ

A review of the rest of Sunday's action from Newmarket as Godolphin's Frontiersman defied the burden of top weight.

Frontiersman was an authoritative winner of the Qatar Racing Handicap at Newmarket.

The Charlie Appleby-trained four-year-old was the well-backed 5/2 favourite for the opening contest on Qipco 1000 Guineas day and travelled strongly throughout in the hands of William Buick.

The hat-trick-seeking Big Country committed for home three furlongs from the finish, but Godolphin's Frontiersman followed him through and after quickened up smartly in the last 100 yards to seal an impressive two-and-a-half length success.

Top Tug and Royal runner Mainstream were both doing their best work at the finish and came through to pass the post second and third respectively, with Big Country weakening into fourth.

Buick said: "We never went quick at any stage of the race. "It's taken a long time for him to piece all the information together.

"When he finally grows up, he'll be a pretty talented horse."

Appleby said: "He's physically done well through the winter and I think he's a horse that's got a bright future. I think he'll get further in time, so he's got lots of options."

The Newmarket handler added: "He has got options at Royal Ascot.

"The Hardwicke might be a bit too ambitious at this stage. He is a horse that surprised me acting on this quick ground as he has not got the action for it.

"The Wolferton and the Duke of Edinburgh are options. In an ideal world, you would be sticking at a mile and a half but on that evidence I would not worry about coming back (in trip) if I had to."

Mr Lupton (10/1) fairly bolted up in the Longholes Handicap over six furlongs.

Gerald Mosse appeared content to bide his time aboard Richard Fahey's charge and that call was justified as Mr Lupton went through the gears in some style to score by a length and a quarter from stable companion Eastern Impact.

Mosse said: "I rode him very confidently. I was just waiting for my time.

"The gap came and it was over. He did a job for me."

Fahey said: "It was a good race for a trainer to watch. I didn't mind which one won as long as one did. It was nice to see Eastern Impact bounce back. They've both run well.

"I thought the ground would be quick enough for Mr Lupton, but he came up the hill well and it was a great run.

"He just struggles in the Group races for some reason and he's one of those horses that's a twilight horse, but he's a good one.

"We'll see what the handicapper does, but I was thinking along the lines of the Wokingham at Royal Ascot and the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood, races like that."

Way Of Wisdom (5/1) made a winning debut for Charlie Appleby, William Buick and Godolphin in the Havana Gold Maiden Stakes.

Appleby said: "I think we'll stick to five (furlongs). We'll looking at something like the Windsor Castle or the Norfolk at Royal Ascot."

Leshlaa (16/1) led home a Godolphin one-two in the concluding Qipco Supporting British Racing Handicap.

The outsider of four representatives from Sheikh Mohammed's team was a neck too good for fellow Saeed bin Suroor inmate Dubai Horizon.

Winning jockey Jamie Spencer said: "Stepping up in trip seemed to work.

"On pedigree, he was always going to get this (mile-and-a-quarter) trip.

"I think it was a good performance."

The Newmarket handler added: "He has got options at Royal Ascot.

"The Hardwicke might be a bit too ambitious at this stage. He is a horse that surprised me acting on this quick ground as he has not got the action for it.

"The Wolferton and the Duke of Edinburgh are options. In an ideal world, you would be sticking at a mile and a half but on that evidence I would not worry about coming back (in trip) if I had to."

Mr Lupton (10/1) fairly bolted up in the Longholes Handicap over six furlongs.

Gerald Mosse appeared content to bide his time aboard Richard Fahey's charge and that call was justified as Mr Lupton went through the gears in some style to score by a length and a quarter from stable companion Eastern Impact.

Mosse said: "I rode him very confidently. I was just waiting for my time.

"The gap came and it was over. He did a job for me."

Fahey said: "It was a good race for a trainer to watch. I didn't mind which one won as long as one did. It was nice to see Eastern Impact bounce back. They've both run well.

"I thought the ground would be quick enough for Mr Lupton, but he came up the hill well and it was a great run.

"He just struggles in the Group races for some reason and he's one of those horses that's a twilight horse, but he's a good one.

"We'll see what the handicapper does, but I was thinking along the lines of the Wokingham at Royal Ascot and the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood, races like that."

Leshlaa (16-1) led home a Godolphin one-two in the concluding Qipco Supporting British Racing Handicap.The outsider of four representatives from Sheikh Mohammed's team was a neck too good for fellow Saeed bin Suroor inmate Dubai Horizon.

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