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Century Dream belied odds of 25/1 when finishing a close third to Roaring Lion in the £1,156,520 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO).
The four-year-old colt, trained by Simon Crisford and ridden by William Buick, finished half a length behind second-placed I Can Fly, who was a neck behind the winner, having led inside the final furlong.
Newmarket-based Crisford said: “I thought at the furlong pole we were going to win – my heart was beating like you can’t imagine. I’m delighted with him; he’s continued to improve. We freshened him up after the Arlington Million [in which he finished fourth in August], hoping that this race would cut up and that it would be desperate ground. It didn’t cut up, but he has run with great, great aplomb.
“I think we will prepare him for the Duty Free in Dubai [next March at the Dubai World Cup meeting] – I think a mile and one [furlong] round Meydan would suit him very well. He’s getting better as he gets older; he’s just such a super horse and a great flag-bearer for the stable.”
Jockey William Buick said: “That was a great run; he travelled beautifully and quickened up really well.” Century Dream had finished fourth in his previous three starts – in the Arlington Million, Summer Mile and Queen Anne Stakes.
He has begun 2019 by failing to make an impact in Dubai and was a one-paced seventh when having another tilt at the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
In total he has won seven of his 21 races. He seems tremendously versatile regards the ground, although he does seem particularly effective when there is some give in the ground.