Frankie Dettori was quick to confirm the visual impression that yesterday’s Group 2 Qatar Richmond Stakes winner Shalaa (11/8f) is a potentially smart performer after the John Gosden-trained colt had cruised to a comfortable success in the feature six furlong event.
The winner of the Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket three weeks earlier was giving weight away to all his rivals but connections clearly felt he was a class act and the decision was made to jump out and make all the running on the sharper Goodwood track. The son of Invincible Spirit never looked likely to be troubled despite the best efforts of the promising Tasleet (7/1), who did best of the rest in finishing a two-and-three-quarter length runner-up to the hugely impressive winner.
“That was good,” smiled Dettori. “He has lots of speed, a good head on him and he quickens up – what more do you want? There’s nothing fast enough to lead him so I had to make my own way home.
“He’s getting better as he was a bit hot, but he’s enjoying it now. I would say something like the Prix Morny on good ground would be next.”
Meanwhile, Gosden added: “He’s beaten them three lengths giving 3lb. The
[Prix] Morny will be next and then the Middle Park [Stakes]. He’s fast. I’m not going to take him to seven furlongs.
“He’s a similar looking horse to Oasis Dream. “I don’t see him as a miler, I see him staying at six. He enjoys sprinting, so let him sprint.”