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Whistlejacket proves picture-perfect in July Stakes win

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Whistlejacket proves picture-perfect in July Stakes win

Whistlejacket stamped his class on the Kingdom Of Bahrain July Stakes at Newmarket.

Runner-up on his debut before running out an impressive winner of a Listed event at the Curragh, the No Nay Never colt lined up as an odds-on favourite for the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, but only picked up minor money in fourth.

Stepping back up in trip from five to six furlongs, Aidan O’Brien’s youngster was an 11-10 shot to reward those who kept the faith and ultimately did so decisively under Ryan Moore.

Whistlejacket was in front from an early stage on the July Course and while there were several still in with a chance passing the final furlong marker, the further the market leader went, the better he looked, passing the post with a length and three-quarters in hand despite drifting left.

Billboard Star was best of the rest in second, with the previously unbeaten Windsor Castle winner Ain’t Nobody a disappointing last of six.

Paddy Power make the winner a 25-1 shot from 50-1 for next year’s 2000 Guineas.

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