On Thursday, Fiorente (11-2 betting odds) took first place in the Princess of Wales’s Goldsmiths Stakes at Newmarket, earning a prize of £61,899. Sir Michael Stoute got his ninth victory and jockey Ryan Moore secured a quick double in the £100,000 Group 2 horseracing event.
Prior to the 1 mile 4 furlong race, betting tipsters had been inclined towards the Ed Dunlop-trained Red Cadeaux which won the Yorkshire Cup earlier this year. However, Fiorente’s strong stride in the final furlong kept Red Cadeaux, Joshua Tree, and the hard-charging Harris Tweed barely at bay in a close finish.
Fiorente has seen stiff challenges before, having placed as runner-up to Nathaniel at Royal Ascot in 2011 and finishing second to Namibian in the Gordon Stakes.
Stoute has now won the Goldsmiths Stakes in back-to-back years. Afterwards, he told racingpost.com: “He's been off a long time and he's a big horse and lightly raced, so I think it's just taken a lot of winding up. We've always held him in high esteem and I think he would be equally as effective over ten furlongs and I think he's impervious with regards to ground.”
In other horseracing news, Ahern will have a new jockey on Thursday's Group 2 TNT July Stakes at Newmarket. Jamie Spencer will mount the two-year-old which finished fifth at Royal Ascot last month.