Newmarket: Best Of Days for Doyle who lands Royal Lodge

Best Of Days (centre) winning the Royal Lodge under James Doyle

PICTURE: Martin Lynch ( Best Of Days for Doyle who lands Royal Lodge By Alex Wiltshire 2:24PM 24 SEP 2016

Report: Newmarket, Saturday

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Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2), 1m, 2yo colts and geldings

BEST OF DAYS held off a strong late challenge from The Anvil to win the Royal Lodge Stakes and give James Doyle a welcome victory in Godolphin blue just days after he lost the number one jockey position at Saeed Bin Suroor's yard.

The Hugo Palmer-trained winner was bought by Sheikh Mohammed's operation after an impressive maiden victory at Sandown in July. He finished second on his first start for Godolphin in the Acomb Stakes at York but scored his first Group victory here.

Frankel is among those to have previously won the Royal Lodge and Best Of Days was cut to also claim Classic glory, with BetVictor going 25-1 from 33s for both the Qipco 2,000 Guineas and the Investec Derby.

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