09/10/2010 12:11PM

White Moonstone cruises in Champagne at Doncaster


White Moonstone added another feather to the cap of both Godolphin and her sire, Dynaformer, at Doncaster on Friday as she cruised to a five-length victory in the Group 2, $123,000 Champagne Stakes. She came from last to first under Frankie Dettori in the one-mile contest for juvenile fillies, leading at the three-sixteenths pole to defeat longshot Al Madina. Her time for the straight mile on good ground was 1:38.73.

The 8-11 favorite, White Moonstone is now 3 for 3, having won the seven-furlong, Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket on Aug. 7. Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said that she would go next in the Group 1 Fillies Mile at Ascot on Sept. 25.

Zebedee put trainer Richard Hannon back on the winning juvenile track with a hard-fought neck tally over the late running Dinkum Diamond in the Group 2, $123,000 Flying Childers Stakes. In scoring for the fourth straight time, Zebedee added to victories in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes and the Tattersalls Millions Auction Stakes. Ridden by Richard Hughes as the 10-3 favorite, he covered the five furlongs in 59.42.

Samuel won the Group 2, $154,000 Doncaster Cup – at 2 1/4 miles the secondlongest group race in England – defeating Tastahil by 1 1/4 lengths with Motrice third and the 3-1 favorite, Opinion Poll, fourth. The result was a reversal of the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup, in which Opinion Poll had beaten Samuel a half-length into second. Ridden by William Buick, the 5-1 winner traveled the distance in 3:52.99. Trainer John Gosden said that Samuel would run next in the 2 1/2-mile Prix du Cadran at Longchamp on Arc Day as long as the ground was not heavy.