Charlie Appleby claimed consecutive renewals of the Grade 1 Summer Stakes at Woodbine, Canada, recorded a resounding victory in the juvenile highlight with Mysterious Night.
Albahr had won the 2021 edition for the British handler, who sent out the progressive Dark Angel colt into the Breeders’ Cup qualifier this time on the back of some strong European form.
Mysterious Night had won the Group 3 Prix Francois Boutin in France on his previous start and after breaking half a stride slowly, Mysterious Night soon recovered to race in fourth on the inside rail. He quickened powerfully to go second at the top of the straight and was angled out by William Buick soon after.
Mysterious Night loomed up to Ninetyfour Expos a furlong and a half out and soon took charge, lengthening away from the field before being eased close home to score by nearly six lengths.
Alex Merriam of Godolphin said: “William [Buick] was keen to get some cover, so it worked out well when two horses went forward and Mysterious Night slotted in. He switched off and has done it nicely in the end. He is a lovely horse – his sister Althiqa won a couple of G1s in North America and it’s a lovely family.”
William Buick said: “We knew Mysterious Night was going to like the fast ground and he travelled through the race beautifully. I was quite impressed with the way he picked up. He was giving me plenty of confidence throughout and hopefully he can go on from here.”