Impressive 2000 Guineas third place Ribchester is set to head for the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot next.
With just over a month until the pinnacle of flat racing at Ascot, Ribchester is set for a rest until the big day after a mighty effort in the Guineas at Newmarket behind winner Galileo Gold and runner-up Massaat.
After winning the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes as a two-year-old, much was expected of the Richard Fahey colt and he looked to be nearing his best again at Newmarket on Saturday.
Favourite Air Force Blue was well beaten and came off the bridle before anyone else as Frankie Dettori lead with Galileo Gold two furlongs out.
Ribchester drifted towards the stand side some way out and made good ground to finish in the places and now Royal Ascot is the aim.
"I'm happy," Fahey told Sporting Life.
"He'll have a bit of a break now and go straight to Royal Ascot for the St James's Palace Stakes.
"He's still a weak horse and is still maturing.
“I think it was greenness and rawness when he veered off a straight line in France - the run certainly improved him. I think he's just going to get better and better as he gets older."
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