By Duane Fonseca
Godolphin star Hurricane Lane blew away his opposition in the world’s oldest Classic, Doncaster’s St Leger, winning the 2900m Group One affair ruthlessly with two and three fourths of a length to spare.
Trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by William Buick, the Irish Derby and Grand Prix de Paris winning son of Frankel blitzed the rest of his nine rivals to claim a resounding success and seal a brace for both trainer and jockey. Appleby and Buick had only a race earlier clinched the Group 2 Cazoo Park Stakes with Glorious Journey.
It was Appleby's first St Leger and Godolphin's seventh and the trainer was over the moon as he saluted his stable star.
"It was a fantastic performance," Appleby said.
"It's great to win any Classic, but to win the final Classic and such an historic race is special.
"The great thing about this horse is that he quickens. For a staying horse he has a gear change. I thought it was a great performance and the Derby form has held up as well, with Mojo Star running a great race in second."
Mojo Star, trained by Richard Hannon and ridden by Rossa Ryan, finished second, while Aidan O'Brien's The Mediterranean was a further two lengths adrift in third with Wayne Lordan up.
Hurricane Lane and Derby winner Adayar, who is also trained by Appleby remain firmly headed towards the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October, with Appleby declaring: "We mooted after the Grand Prix de Paris that potentially we might look towards an Arc. We know it's never been done but that doesn't mean it can't be done, that's what I'm a big believer in.
"He's gone and won well there. We'll let the dust settle and see how he comes out of it, then start to formulate plans.
"Adayar missed a couple of gallops and missed this weekend but he's back on song and looked great this morning. As it stands at the moment, Adayar is the main Arc contender, and I'd say we could just be looking towards Hurricane Lane joining him as well. Those are nice conversations to have!"
Appleby enjoyed a 1-2 in the Group 2 Cazoo Park Stakes won by a length and a quarter by the Buick piloted Glorious Journey, who led home stable companion D'bai, the ride of James Doyle. A further length and a quarter back in third was the Roger Varian schooled Laneqash with Jim Crowley in the saddle.
On what was a good day for Emirati connections, the Ziad Galadari owned Desert Angel won a handicap run over a mile for trainer Hannon in the hands of Hollie Doyle.