Mostahdaf took advantage of the drop in aim to return to the winning track of the Chasemore Farm Fortune Stakes in Sandown.
After scoring three wins from as many Heron Stakes starts at the same course and distance in May, Frankel’s son was promoted to Group 1 for the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot – where he did beat only one rival at home.
Returning to the Listed class for his final assignment, John and Thady Gosden’s charge was the 7-4 favorite in the hands of Jim Crowley and ultimately got the job done in the right style.
Fervent Rhoscolyn was there to pitch as things started to heat up in the final two stadiums, with Mostahdaf traveling heavily and popular Sir Busker producing with his challenge in between.
However, it was Escobar who emerged as the biggest threat to Mostahdaf – and while the market leader carried his rival across the track when under maximum pressure, he was well in the lead passing the post a half. -length in front.
Thady Gosden said: “We were very happy with him as he had some free time. He hit a few ridges in the straight but he managed the track because it was a lot of rain here yesterday. It was sweet enough for him, but his class made it through.
“He’s definitely a good horse for next year, but we’ll see how he comes out of the race and if we do anything with him for the rest of the season.”
Mostahdaf completed a brace on the map for Gosden’s side after Damaar and Robert Havlin’s previous 2-1 success in the Blandford Bloodstock Novice Stakes.
Goldspur, coached by Charlie Appleby, secured quotes for next year’s Derby Cazoo at Epsom after his impressive debut success in the EBF Novice Stakes Time Test.
Sent off from the 2-1 favorite under James Doyle, the Dubawi colt looks destined for better things bigger – judged by how he stretched six and a half lengths ahead.
“I am happy with this race,” said Appleby.
“He’s a horse with a lot of stamina in his pedigree, so he’ll be a mile and a half horse for next year.
“In the future, we’ll be looking to increase it to a mile and a quarter and direct it to something like the Zetland Stakes.
“I am very happy that he is a big margin winner, but soft ground came into play for him there.”