Dream Of Dreams finally broke his Pattern-race duck with a decisive success in the Group 2 Unibet Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
The six-year-old gelding came agonisingly close to Group 1 glory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, going down by a head to Hello Youmzain, having been denied by the same margin behind Blue Point in the 2019 renewal.
There was to be no near miss on this occasion as Dream Of Dreams travelled powerfully under Oisin Murphy in the seven-furlong contest, taking up the running two furlongs from home and galloping on strongly to defeat Breathtaking Look by seven lengths.
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute for Saeed Suhail, Dream Of Dreams is the winner of six of his 27 races, earning £392,000 in prize-money.
The son of Dream Ahead will likely now be aimed at the Prix de la Foret (7f) at Longchamp on Arc weekend.
Also on Newbury’s card, the Owen Burrows-trained Hukum took the step up to Pattern class in his stride with a comfortable victory over Max Vega in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (1m5f61y).
Sheikh Hamdan’s three-year-old son of Sea The Stars captured the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot on his previous start and looks a colt to follow for the rest of the season.
John Deer’s homebred Saint Lawrence produced a tough front-running performance to take the Listed Denford Stakes (7f). The two-year-old son of Al Kazeem coped well with the rain-softened ground to defeat favourite Dhababi by three-quarters of a length.
Mishriff too good again in France
Prix du Jockey Club hero Mishriff again proved that soft ground holds no fears with a clear-cut victory in the Group 2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (1m2f) at Deauville.
Prince Faisal’s star colt, partnered by Frankie Dettori, had four and a half lengths to spare over The Summit, having beaten the same rival by a length and three-quarters in the French Classic.
The son of Make Believe, trained by John Gosden, could move up in distance and join stable companions Enable and Stradivarius in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October.
UK raiders out of luck in Germany
Dame Malliot produced a fine effort on the step up to Group 1 company to finish third in the Preis von Europa at Cologne for trainer Ed Vaughan, set to relinquish his licence later this year.
Hollie Doyle soon had the daughter of Champs Elysees in front in the 12-furlong contest with fellow British runner Barney Roy dropped in by William Buick.
Dame Malliot was still leading heading into the final furlong but the pack was closing in and outsider Donjah produced a strong effort down the outside to get up near the line, defeating Kaspar by a neck, with Dame Malliot and Barney Roy back in third and fourth.