Thursday’s opening fixture of Newmarket’s three-day Cambridgeshire meeting featured the juvenile highlight, the 7f Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes, for colts and geldings with the exciting Nostrum maintaining his unbeaten record.

Only four may have faced the starter but it looked a strong renewal with only rank outsider, Abravaggio, who made the running, not holding genuine claims.

Ryan Moore stalked the pace on Nostrum before edging the Juddmonte homebred colt by Kingman ahead entering the final two furlongs. Once ahead, they never looked likely to be denied with Royal Ascot winner Holloway Boy chasing them home ahead of the favourite, Godolphin’s Victory Dance, who was never able to land a blow.

Saddled by Sir Michael Stoute, providing the winner for the first time since 1994, the nicely-bred Nostrum had oozed class winning his sole previous start, a 7f Sandown maiden 63 days ago, and is clearly of above average ability.

Stoute said: “It was very pleasing, I thought it was a very warm race coming in. He did it very nicely first time and he was entitled to come and run in a race like that. I was relieved and very pleased with the performance.

“We expected a very big run at Sandown, but like most of them first time it is always difficult to fathom.

“I don’t know what is next for him; we have to take him home, chill him out and relax him, put him back in fast work and it’s a difficult time of year for 2yos when the weather turns.

“I’d like to give him one more run. I haven’t given it serious thought, as I just wanted to get over today. He’s an easy horse to train, he’s very relaxed. He’s just a little bit babyish, but a lovely ride.

"Ryan and I go back a long time, it’s an association I treasure and I have so much respect for him."

 Two miles was the trip for the main support race, the Listed Jockey Club Rose Bowl Stakes, with Moore denied a big race double, his mount Thunderous finding Nate The Great too strong over the final half a furlong.

Partnered by William Buick for trainer Andrew Balding, in the colours of Mildmay Racing & D H Casion, the 6yo gelded son of Nathaniel was posting a sixth and biggest career success.

Godolphin and Charlie Appleby were responsible for half of a quartet of juveniles who lined up in a mile nursery (2yo handicap) and they dominated when it mattered, William Buick picking the right one, Bold Act, the pair chased home by stable companion One Nation, the mount of Adam Kirby.

A homebred New Approach colt, the youngster was registering a third career, and consecutive, success on just his fourth outing. His sole defeat was on debut when runner-up, behind another stablemate, Highbank, over 7f on the Newmarket July course.