John Gosden sent out another four winners at Newbury on Friday
Last Updated: 11/04/14 6:48pm
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John Gosden showed a strong hand for the season ahead as he unveiled four potential Group-class horses within a matter of a couple of hours at Newbury.
Most notable was Western Hymn, who made a positive first step along a route which could yet take him to the Investec Derby with an efficient victory in the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup EBF Stallions Conditions Stakes.
The watching Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum was rewarded with the impressive performances of his colts Kasb and Muwaary, while the filly Bright Approach could be yet another to follow for a stable which also had a four-timer on Wednesday.
Gosden wants Western Hymn to jump through at least one more hoop before Epsom is firmly considered, but on only his second start, the 11/8 favourite made at least 10 lengths up on the leaders in the final couple of furlongs.
William Buick angled Western Hymn up the inside and got a ready response as he recorded a two-and-a-quarter-length defeat of Sir Michael Stoute's Derby entry Snow Sky, who quickened up in good style himself.
"This is a nice graduation race as he's an immature horse who is still learning," said Gosden.
"It's a bit quick but we'll take a look at the Sandown Classic Trial now. Then there's always time for another race until that dreaded day at Epsom!"
Royal Ascot looked more likely for the Hamdan pair, and while it is early days for juveniles, there are not likely to be many better ones seen this month than Kasb (10/1).
The son of Arcano was slowly into stride in the Al Basti Equiworld EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes and made up an awful lot of ground himself before nipping through the middle of the pack to win by a length, going away, from Charlie's Star.
"If I have a two-year-old in April, I like this race," said Gosden.
"I think I've won it twice before. One never ran again - let's hope this one will - and the other won a Listed race.
"He has been nice at home but a bit cheeky and very full of himself. We'll go for the six-furlong races now."
Muwaary (2/1 favourite), another unexposed and unbeaten three-year-old, supplemented his only previous success over course and distance last summer by showing plenty of speed in the Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Handicap.
Asked if the Britannia Stakes was on the agenda, Gosden said: "He was off 82 and obviously well handicapped. He'll go up a bit, but that's not a bad idea."
Bright Approach can now chase some black type after edging away from the more experienced 13/8 favourite Be My Gal in division two of the Whitley Stud Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
"She was unsold, and Saeed Manana kindly sent her to me," Gosden said.
"She's from his best family and could have a crack at the Cheshire Oaks."
On an absorbing afternoon for the purist, the Ralph Beckett-trained Evita Peron (4/1 joint-favourite) also looked set for higher office after quickening up well in the Coln Valley Stud Bridget Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
"She's fragile and quite angular and I'd have preferred another 10 days but I wanted to get her out on decent ground," said Beckett.
"She's in the Irish 1,000 Guineas - she'd need to go for something else before that - or the German Guineas is another option."
Lucky Beggar (5/1) looked as if he could make the grade at stakes level as a four-year-old after beating hardened sprinters Jimmy Styles and Steps in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap.
Trainer Charlie Hills said: "He has won that off a mark of 102, so we might think about the Palace House at Newmarket. He likes a bit of cut."
Jennie Candlish's Bob's World (20/1) could mix the Flat with novice chasing after taking the Bathwick Tyres Handicap, while Inchila (9/2) impressed for the Peter Chapple-Hyam team in division one of the mile-and-a-quarter fillies' maiden.