Market support for Linguistic proved accurate in the 200,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Trophy at Newmarket yesterday.
Although the Aidan O’Brien trained Landofhopeandglory became the eighth favourite in eight runnings of this race to be beaten, there was notable late support for John Gosden’s colt who was sent off second in the market at 3/1.
Runner-up in both juvenile starts, the son of Lope De Vega travelled strongly on the far side of the pack, just off the pace set by Brave Hero.
The inexperienced leader hung across the track in the final furlong, doing few favours to placed horses Biodynamic (third) and Harlequeen (second) but Linguistic had already flown by that stage and had enough in hand to cross the line a length and a quarter clear of the closers.
Gosden said: “That was a good way to break your maiden. He was a little fresh early on but he settled well.
“The race rather fell apart and William felt that he was left in front earlier than he wanted. He looked about a bit and he was entitled to.
“He appreciated the ground and the step up in trip and we will look towards the Dante.”
Meanwhile, Charlie Hills is weighing up some lucrative ventures abroad with Magical Memory after making his class tell with victory in the Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes.
Although in previous seasons the four-year-old has needed at least one run to put him right, the gelded son of Zebedee showed he had enough in hand in the Group Three event to make a winning return to action.
Hills said: “I am chuffed. It was always the plan to come here, I didn’t want him fully wound up today as obviously he has a long year ahead.
“The Duke of York is the obvious stepping stone next.
“I think Hong Kong has to be on the agenda as there are lots of nice races out there and those tracks will suit him.
Earlier in the day, Mark Johnston put the finishing touches to Guineas contenders Buratino and Lumiere as they worked before racing.
Coventry Stakes winner Buratino was busy last season but thrived on his work, while Lumiere won the Cheveley Park Stakes in September.
Buratino worked with New Caledonia while the filly went with Deodoro but both have slight stamina doubts over a mile.
Johnston said: “That was perfect. To be honest, all the work had been done before today and this was just the finishing touches.
“We just wanted to give them an outing to the track because if we are going to start them off at that level, they need to have been to the track beforehand.
“It was terrible ground at Haydock (for their gallop last week), it was very very soft but they did a pretty serious gallop and we knew that they didn’t need to do an awful lot today.”
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