Kameko storms home in Trophy
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.