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Sobetsu gained another big-race victory at Deauville, France, with an impressive display in the 10-furlong G2 Prix de la Nonette on Saturday, August 19.
The three-year-old Dubawi filly, an easy winner of the G1 Prix Saint-Alary over the same course and distance in May, led the 10-strong field early on before settling in third after the first three furlongs under James Doyle.
Sobetsu, representing Charlie Appleby, ran on to regain the advantage a furlong and a half from home and quickened clear in the closing stages to score by two and a half lengths over Onthemoonagain in 2m 05.94s on good to soft ground.
Godolphin’s other runner in the race, Strathspey (Andre Fabre/Mickael Barzalona), stayed on well from the rear to finish fourth, beaten just under three and a half lengths in total.
Charlie Appleby said: “It was a very pleasing effort from Sobetsu. We thought that she had a strong chance on the back of her third last time out in the Nassau Stakes and her victory at this course in the Prix Saint-Alary.
“She has put up a good effort and won well. A mile and a quarter with some ease in the ground are her ideal conditions.
“We could have a look at coming back to France for the G1 Prix de l’Opera at Chantilly (10f, October 1) or possibly head out to Keeneland for the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (9f, October 14).”
Twilight Payment produced another good performance to come home third in the G3 Irish St Leger Trial over a mile and three-quarters at the Curragh, Ireland, on Saturday, August 19.
Runner-up in the same race 12 months ago, the Jim Bolger-trained colt raced in a close second early on before being sent into a clear lead by Kevin Manning with a mile and a quarter left to race.
He was reeled in by Order Of St George passing the two-furlong marker and kept on after being passed by Rekindling approaching the final furlong to go down by just over seven lengths in total.
Order Of St George galloped out strongly to gain a third consecutive victory in the race, winning in 3m 5.44s on yielding to soft ground.
Jimmy Hyland of Godolphin said: “We were very happy with Twilight Payment and it was a step forward from his previous run at Down Royal.
“We will see how he comes out of this run before making a decision about whether to aim him at the Irish St Leger (G1, 1m 6f, the Curragh, September 10).”
Frontiersman came home third in the G3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes over an extended mile and five furlongs at Newbury, UK, on Saturday, August 19.
The four-year-old colt, trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by Jim Crowley, was held up in sixth of the eight runners initially before moving up to fourth with seven furlongs left.
He travelled strongly into the race and moved up to hit the front passing the two-furlong pole but was headed by Defoe soon afterwards.
Frontiersman was passed by Wall Of Fire entering the final furlong and kept on at the same pace to go down by four and a quarter lengths to Defoe, who won in 2m 51.50s on ground described as soft, good to soft in places.
Charlie Appleby commented: “I am putting Frontiersman’s performance down to the ground, while it also looked like he potentially wants further than today’s trip.
“He travelled nicely into the race but the first two have quickened away, whereas Frontiersman has just kept galloping.
“I would like to get him back on a sound surface and it wouldn’t worry me stepping up in distance.”
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