Choir hits high notes in Jockey Club

Last Updated: 03/05/14 5:46pm

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Gospel Choir runs out a clear-cut winner of the Jockey Club Stakes under Ryan Moore.

Gospel Choir runs out a clear-cut winner of the Jockey Club Stakes under Ryan Moore.

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Gospel Choir continued his progression for trainer Sir Michael Stoute with a smooth success in the Group Two Qatar Bloodstock Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket.

Gospel Choir continued his progression for trainer Sir Michael Stoute with a smooth success in the Group Two Qatar Bloodstock Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket.

The 6/1 shot was always travelling nicely for Ryan Moore, who was recording a double having won the Palace House Stakes on Sole Power, and he lengthened well at the two furlong pole to put daylight between himself and the rest of the field.

Pether Moon tried in vain to give chase but could not reach the leader in the final furlong, eventually going down by two and a quarter lengths. The 4/6 favourite, Trading Leather, was in trouble soon after being asked for his effort by jockey Kevin Manning and eventually made only late gains to finish back in third.

Stoute was delighted after the race even though he had not expected to beat the favourite beforehand.

"I was hopeful but I didn't think we'd beat Trading Leather," admitted Stoute.

"He was progressive at a three-year-old but just had a little training problem in the spring of last year which held him up a little. He didn't handle soft in the Cumberland Lodge (at Ascot) on his last start and, of course, the trip was too short for him at the Craven meeting."

"He's reached a good standard now so we'll have to stop and think about where he goes next. He's well entered so something like the Hardwicke Stakes (at Royal Ascot) would have to be an option."

Moore was happy with the five-year-old despite his mount drifting right in the latter stages of the race.

"He was steady early on and picked up well when asked," said Moore.

Trading Leather's trainer Jim Bolger was left looking to the future and said: "We lacked a bit of pace in the race. It wasn't that he was free, but he has a fabulous stride, which he likes to use, and he wasn't able to.

"He was rusty and I'd say he'll go for the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Curragh, May 25) and then hopefully the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot."

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