Aidan O’Brien dominated the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, as St Mark’s Basilica and Frankie Dettori held off stablemate Wembley and Ryan Moore.
The Ballydoyle pair had completed behind Thunder Moon within the National Stakes on the Curragh final trip – however this time the shape was rotated as Joseph O’Brien’s colt, the 11-4 favorite, might solely handle third behind the 10-1 winner.
The principals got here down the centre of the monitor, whereas a number of of the opposite fancied runners made a touch for the rail, which had been favoured in earlier races.
It was a seventh Dewhurst for O’Brien, whereas it was a second in three years for Dettori after Too Darn Hot in 2018.
In a race historically seen because the juvenile championship with numerous champions produced down the years, this season’s subject regarded effectively as much as scratch.
Richard Hannon fielded two unbeaten contenders in Chindit and Etonian, whereas Marcus Tregoning had supplemented Mill Reef winner Alkumait.
None of these might get entangled, although, with the end in stark distinction to the fortunes of O’Brien on Friday, when it emerged his two runners within the Fillies’ Mile had carried the incorrect saddle cloths and had been ridden by the incorrect jockeys.
O’Brien had additionally been pressured to drag out all his runners at ParisLongchamp on Arc day final weekend as a result of points surrounding contaminated feed.
O’Brien stated: “We’re delighted with each of them.
“The plan was that St Mark’s Basilica would run in France after which Wembley would run within the Dewhurst, that is the best way we had been going.
“We’ve all the time appreciated St Mark’s Basilica quite a bit, and Wembley, we have all the time thought they had been very sensible colts.
“The first three had been had been the identical three as within the National Stakes. Every 12 months it is an important race and the shape all the time stands up.”
On future plans, O’Brien added: “The Breeders’ Cup is feasible for the winner, however we’re considering Battleground (Royal Ascot and Vintage Stakes winner) will go to the Breeders’ Cup, so he does not should go.
“We’ll see nearer the time, however in the meanwhile we’re considering Battleground will go.”
Dettori – who received the St Leger for O’Brien aboard Scorpion in 2005 – stated: “They went quick. I used to be in the course of the group and I received all of the splits. In equity once I requested him to go he went and he by no means stopped.
“He did not put a foot incorrect. His type is nice and he did not have a lot to search out on the second and third and all of it labored out effectively.
“He would get a mile no downside.”