Cumani stars in QEII

Starcraft stayed on in fine style to claim an impressive success in the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Newmarket.

Starcraft stayed on in fine style to claim an impressive success in the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Newmarket.

Luca Cumani’s charge, sent off a 7-2 chance, found a little extra at the business end to hold Godolphin’s Dubawi by three-quarters of a length.

Blatant, pacemaker for Dubawi, finished a further length and a half back in third.

Christophe Lemaire settled the ex-Australian runner behind Blatant early on as the six-runner field split into two groups.

Last year’s winner Rakti, Mullins Bay and Dubawi elected to go down the centre of the track, while Starcraft, Blatant and Sleeping Indian stuck to the rail.

Rakti was in front until around the three-furlong marker but Philip Robinson then started to give out the distress signals as Mullins Bay came up to challenge.

Meanwhile, Lemaire was just getting Starcraft into full flow and he was travelling supremely well as Blatant started to feel the pace.

Frankie Dettori on Dubawi came back across to the rails inside the final two furlongs to throw down his challenge, but Cumani’s giant chestnut was always on top and although the Irish 2000 Guineas winner gave his all, Starcraft was too good and claimed a famous success.

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