Perfectperformance shrugged off a 377-day absence to continue Godolphin’s amazing winning run in the Stablecare Conditions Stakes at Newmarket.
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor has his string in all-conquering form at present, sending out eight winners in the last seven days, and Perfectperformance maintained their excellent strike-rate.
Sent off a 7-4 chance, the four-year-old travelled well throughout before staying on under Frankie Dettori to beat Camrose by three-quarters of a length.
Perfectperformance, who is a half-brother to Classic winner Russian Rhythm, fractured his near-hind leg at Haydock last August but had been given plenty of time to recover.
“He’s not been showing me much in the mornings and he’ll improve”, said bin Suroor.
“We’ll see how he comes out of the race before looking at his next one.”
John Gosden was in double form as Yazamaan and Gold Option obliged in their respective maidens.
Yazamaan put in a hugely impressive performance to claim the European Breeders Fund Maiden Stakes in fine style, seeing off favourite Italian Stallion by an easy three lengths.
The 5-2 shot, who is entered in next year’s Vodafone Derby, hit the front over a furlong out under Richard Hills and powered clear without being put under serious pressure.
Gosden said: “I’m delighted with him. I didn’t think he wanted a lot of work - in fact he’s come here with the minimum amount of work.
“He did it nicely and we’ll now look for a little conditions run for him.
“He’s still on the leg and immature – he’s got to be given every chance.”
Hills was equally impressed, adding: “He’s a really nice horse. You couldn’t have asked for much more from him.”
Gold Option (11-4 favourite) had initiated Gosden’s brace with a one-and-a-half-length success over Farleigh House in the opening newmarketnights.co.uk Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
However, there was drama at the start as Micky Fenton’s mount Benny The Bat reared up in the stalls and caught his legs over the framework to his right.
It took the whole team of stalls handlers well over two minutes to extricate him but Gold Option, who was in the adjacent stall, handled the incident with aplomb.
Gosden added: “He was amazingly well behaved. He stood there like a soldier while it was all going on.”
Fenton was not hurt in the incident and said: “He got excited and just reared up. I’ve seen worse but I got away lightly.”
Veteran Newmarket trainer Bill O’Gorman rolled back the years as he welcomed in Gold Express (9-1) after the Mervyn Lambert Plant Ltd Handicap.
Gorman had not stood in the winner’s enclosure on the July Course since 1999 so he was understandably delighted after watching Gold Express prevail by a short head from favourite Al Qasi.
“That year was my most enjoyable as a trainer. I had one horse and it won,” said O’Gorman, whose son and assistant PJ is expected to take over the licence next year.
“He’s passed all his tests and will be ready in 2007,” O’Gorman added.
“He’s only got two or three horses, but we’ve had three or four winners over the last couple of years.”
Dave Thompson and his fellow Sheffield owners were celebrating after She’s Our Lass took the Portland Place Properties Handicap.
The 6-1 shot came home a length clear of Logsdail to land “a nice little bet” for her owners.
Winning trainer Declan Carroll said: “She’s a good, honest little mare who cost only 2,000 guineas at the sales.”
Puya (11-4) gave favourite backers a scare when she drifted right across the course in the closing Join The Racing UK Club Fillies’ Handicap.
The Henry Candy-trained runner drifted over to the far side but still managed to hold the challenge of Arm Candy by a length and three-quarters in the hands of Dane O’Neill.