Sir Michael Stoute admitted he was a “relieved” man after watching the talented Nostrum (7-4) enhance his prospects for next year’s QIPCO 2000 Guineas when maintaining his unbeaten record with a stylish success in the Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket this afternoon.
After making a triumphant debut at Sandown Park 63 days ago, the powerfully-built Kingman colt defied his relative experience to make it two from two and give his Classic-winning trainer a fourth success in the Group Three prize.
Although only four runners took to post it looked a quality renewal of the seven-furlong event with Holloway Boy, winner of this year’s Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and Victory Dance, winner of the Denford Stakes at Newbury in opposition.
Racing as two pairs for much of the race, Nostrum moved on into a clear advantage past outsider of the quartet, Abravaggio, inside the final two furlongs, where he was swiftly joined by the strong-traveling Holloway Boy.
However, Nostrum was not for passing under Ryan Moore with the pair drawing away on the climb to the line to score by a length and a quarter.
Following the race, Nostrum was trimmed from 20-1 into 4-1 for next month’s Darley Dewhurst Stakes over course and distance by Paddy Power and Betfair while both firms clipped him from 14-1 into 8-1 for the 2023 QIPCO 2000 Guineas.
Stoute said: “It was very pleasing. I thought it was a very warm race but he did it very nicely first time and was entitled to come and run in a race like that. I was relieved and was pleased with the performance.
“We expected a very big run but for a horse racing for the first time like he was it is always difficult to fathom. It is so far so good and you could only be pleased.
“I don’t know if we will see him again this season. We will take him home and chill him out and relax him and put him back in fast work.
“It is a difficult time of year especially for two-year-olds when the weather turns so we don’t know but I would like to give him one more run.”
As for the runner-up, his trainer Karl Burke hinted that an outing at Group One company in the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster on October 22nd could be on the cards.
Burke said: “We’re delighted with that as he missed 8-10 days with a dirty scope when he missed that Champagne Stakes.
“Danny Tudhope said he would be suited by a mile so we could look at the Vertem Futurity Trophy or beyond that the Breeders’ Cup.”
By Graham Clark – The Jockey Club Press Release