Sunday 22 September 2019

Dee Ex Bee shows his staying power

Trainer Mark Johnston. Photo: Edward Whitaker
Trainer Mark Johnston. Photo: Edward Whitaker Sportdesk

Dee Ex Bee claimed his first race since his juvenile days when landing the Longines Sagaro Stakes in style at Ascot. Mark Johnston's colt was second in last year's Derby before disappointing in the Irish version, but ran several good races, including a fourth in the St Leger.

Sent off the 13/8 favourite, William Buick's mount powered home, beating Raymond Tusk by over three lengths to earn a quote of 14/1 for the Ascot Gold Cup.

Calyx maintained his unbeaten record with a blistering display in the Merriebelle Stable Commonwealth Cup Trial Stakes.

Still in the 2000 Guineas mix until last week, last year's Coventry Stakes winner was rerouted to this six-furlong contest as John Gosden felt it would be an easier option having not run for 316 days.

Sent off at the prohibitive odds of 1/3 under Frankie Dettori, the son of Kingman ate up the ground, bounding clear to win by four lengths from No Nonsense.

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