Kameko storms home in Tro­phy

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Racing -

Kameko ran out an em­phatic win­ner of the resched­uled Vertem Fu­tu­rity Tro­phy at New­cas­tle last night – the first Group One race to be run on an all-weather sur­face in Britain – and looks an ex­cit­ing prospect for own­ers Qatar Rac­ing in 2020.

The high-class field scorched over the Tapeta sur­face, clock­ing four con­sec­u­tive fur­longs un­der 12 sec­onds and, as they ap­proached the fi­nal two fur­longs, only Kameko was still on the bri­dle. Cham­pion jockey Oisin Mur­phy then nudged him into the lead and they soon pulled clear of their ri­vals to win by 3¼ lengths.

In­n­is­free fared best of Ai­dan O’brien’s five run­ners, fin­ish­ing in sec­ond, with sta­ble­mates Year Of The Tiger and Mogul, third and fourth re­spec­tively. Kin­ross, the 13-8 favourite, could never mount a chal­lenge and fin­ished fifth.

Paddy Power were im­pressed enough to slash An­drew Bald­ing’s colt to 10-1 from 25-1 for next year’s In­vestec Derby.

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