Smooth Journey heads Gosden 1-2
Journey earned an 8/1 quote from Sky Bet for the British Champions Fillies' & Mares' Stakes when leading home stablemate Lady Of Camelot to win the Princess Royal EBF Nayef Stakes on the second day of Newmarket's Cambridgeshire meeting.
Journey comes home clear under Frankie Dettori.
Twelve months ago, Journey had taken this Listed contest by eight lengths under Frankie Dettori and although this victory was not quite as clear-cut, the Italian never had to ask for maximum effort after she had coasted away from Beautiful Romance with well over two furlongs to run.
Quickly away, the 11/8 favourite was handy from the off, but settled perfectly, whereas the well-supported second-favourite Beautiful Morning was fresh in the early stages and took time to find her rhythm.
Dettori allowed his mount to steadily come across to the stands' rail at the furlong-pole as Lady Of Camelot came out of the pack to try and throw down a challenge under the double-chasing Rab Havlin, but when he shook the reins at that point, she pulled out more to win going away by three and quarter lengths.
Beautiful Romance, giving weight to all of her rivals, kept on steadily for third place.
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Gosden said: "It was a super run under a penalty. It is the same prep as last year and hopefully she will go to Champions Day now.
"I was pleased with her. She was going to go to the Lancashire Oaks but she had a problem before that.
"I just had to give her time off. She has come back better and stronger. She was a bit fresh and full of herself but she did well with the 8lb Listed penalty.
"I was very happy with her work and I would have been disappointed if she had got beaten.
"The other filly (Lady Of Camelot) run a super race and I am over the moon with her. It was a great run. We will try win a Listed race with her. These fillies have not been over raced."
Trainer Saeed Bin Suroor was far from despondent with Beautiful Approach and still full of hope for his New Approach filly.
The handler said: "She ran well and I think this filly's condition is getting better. The plan is for her to run in either the Melbourne Cup or the British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes at Ascot.
"She will be in quarantine [for Australia] and a decision will be made later. We'll see and we haven't decided which race yet."
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