Silent Escape took home a one-two-three from Godolphin at the Dubai Duty Free Cup in Newbury, helping Oisin Murphy on his way to a treble on the undercard.
Previously successful at Newcastle and Sandown this season, Saeed bin Suroor’s filly was a joint 16-5 favorite for three wins in four starts at the hands of champion jockey Murphy, who was positive from the start.
The New Approach daughter drove through the center of the track for much of the way, with the pair trained by D’bai’s Charlie Appleby and Al Suhail giving a chase to no avail inside the last stadium.
Silent Escape wasn’t to catch, however, with Murphy pushing her to prevail by a length and a half from D’bai, with the other joint favorite, Al Suhail, close behind in third place.
Bin Suroor said: “She won well. She has improved since her last race and looked good today, even though the ground was a bit soft for her.
“We are happy with the way her career ended, but now I want to take her back to Dubai for the season there.”
“We will keep her on the grass. Well, we will keep the options open, but I think we will keep her on the grass. She is a good filly, but I want to take care of her for the future.”
“She has only lost once, this filly, but since then she has been improving all the time.
“The big key for her is the soil: when she works on good or soft ground, she performs better on it.
“I think she will get a mile. But looking at the pedigree, per New Approach, she ran in the Derby. Oisin said a mile is fine for her now.”
“There are some nice races for her in Dubai.”
Murphy’s lead at the top of the jockeys’ championship had shrunk to just six after William Buick’s treble at Yarmouth on Thursday, but the defending champion rode three winners on Friday, driving home Ed Walker’s American Star and Neenee’s. Andrew Balding’s Choice.
Murphy (132) has restored his lead to nine over Buick (123), with just four weeks to go in the title race, which concludes Champions Day at Ascot on October 16.