Outstrip: lands the Champagne Stakes in impressive stylePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Outstrip proves too classy for rivals
Report: Doncaster, Saturday
At The Races Champagne Stakes (Group 2), 1m, 2yo, colts and geldings
OUTSTRIP looked a class above the rest when taking the Champagne Stakes in devastating fashion.
Despite a sluggish jump from the stalls which left the grey a couple of lengths behind, the son of Exceed settled well and cruised by The Grey Gatsby in the final furlong.
Outstrip was the first to be ridden along by jockey Mickael Barzalona, but the Charlie Appleby-trained colt responded to the pressure and showed a devastating turn of foot in the final two furlongs to score by an impressive three lengths as the 13-8 joint favourite.
"I dropped him in, he relaxed and quickened well in the end," said Barzelona. "He is a nice horse who will improve for this race. He will be a serious horse next year."
Appleby was impressed by the way in which Outstrip dispatched his rivals but admitted he was confident that he had the class to do so.
"We weren't disappointed after the Vintage but thought we had just got nabbed on the line," said the trainer. "Hopefully Toormore will go and frank the form in Ireland.
"He has got a turn of foot and that was a decent performance. We will look at the Dewhurst or Lagardere depending on how he comes out of the race."
Outstrip's comfortable victory did not evade the bookmakers with Paddy Power going 20-1 for next year's 2,000 Guineas.