Group 1 glory for Journey in Filles & Mares Stakes
Group 1 glory for Gosden as Journey powers home By James Burn 2:41PM 15 OCT 2016
Report: Ascot, Saturday
Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1) 1m4f, 3yo+
JOHN GOSDEN was without a top-level victory since Golden Horn's Prix de l'Arc de Triopmhe masterpiece more than a year ago, but Journey put that right when she powered home under Frankie Dettori in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
Gosden, champion trainer in Britain last season, has, like many of his Newmarket counterparts, suffered this term with a virus hitting his horses and he has also had to do without A-listers Jack Hobbs and Shalaa for much of the campaign.
But he was able to work his magic on Journey, who had two runs in the spring before being brought back last month with this race firmly in mind.
She impressed under Dettori when justifying favouritism in a Listed prep at Newmarket three weeks ago, but was even better.
Settled in second as Pretty Perfect took the 13-runner field along, George Strawbridge's homebred took off one out when Dettori said go and slammed Speedy Boarding by four lengths with Queen's Trust running on for third.
Yorkshire Oaks winner Seventh Heaven, the 5-4 favourite, did not enjoy the smoothest passage and was only fifth.
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