Group 3 for Dee Ex Bee

By John Scanlon

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed’s Dee Ex Bee (pictured with Yard Manager Mairead Heap) gave notice of his potential to be a star in the staying division this season with an impressive win in the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes at Ascot on May 1. Last year’s Derby runner-up proved too strong for his six rivals on his first run over two miles, pulling three and a quarter lengths clear of his field under jockey William Buick. The race was billed as ‘A Gold Cup Trial’ and the Ascot Gold Cup will be a major target for the son of Farhh. This win also qualifies Dee Ex Bee for a crack at the Weatherbys’ Hamilton Stayers Million this season.

Bayshore Freeway recorded a pillar-to-post success at Bath on May 1in the stayers’ handicap. Kingsley Park Owners Club’s Declaration of War filly, now a four-year-old, stayed on strongly inn the final furlong under Franny Norton to hold off Seafarer by two and a half lengths. Notching her fourth career success here, Bayshore Freeway is a model of consistency and rarely, if ever, runs a bad race.