Richard Hannon gained a famous one-two as Godolphin claimed their sixth victory in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes, with Night of Thunder beating stablemate Toormore at a sun-kissed Newbury.
But he was partially eclipsed on a miserable day for bookmakers, who had to endure housewives’ favourite Ryan Moore notching a fantastic 1,962-1 five-timer from six rides.
Night Of Thunder had gone close at the highest level but had not won a race in four subsequent attempts since taking the 2000 Guineas last year.
And there was no respite for layers as James Doyle brought the 11-4 joint-favourite Night Of Thunder home to record a neck success in the feature.
Hannon said: “That was wonderful. Both of them will improve – definitely Toomore will. He’s been a little bit heavy all this year and he doesn’t do much at home.
“Night Of Thunder shows us a bit more at home but he, too, will improve. He doesn’t have anything to prove now. He’s won a Guineas and a Lockinge and is obviously a very good horse who will make a very good stallion.
“These horses have speed and they get a trip. Toormore might get a mile and a quarter. We tried a mile and a quarter with Night of Thunder. Nothing is impossible at this stage and they will probably now go to Ascot and go well in the Queen Anne.
He said: “As the year goes on the races open in Europe – there is the Queen Anne, there is the Moulin and the Prix Jacques le Marois – there are a lot of lovely races and they don’t have to go for the same ones, and it would be better for me personally if they didn’t.”
Yet it was Moore who stole the limelight with his famous five, two of them for Sir Michael Stoute.
Telescope will head to the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot after he romped to a six-length victory in Listed Al Rayyan Stakes.
The five-year-old was a little keen on his seasonal return at Newmarket in the Jockey Club Stakes, getting caught on the line, but there was no danger of that scenario happening as the 8-13 favourite sauntered home from Qatar raider Dubday.
Stoute quipped: “I think he’s a Group One and half horse at the moment! I suppose we will go Hardwicke.
“He’s a great traveller and he’s got many options.
“He’s a very honest, consistent horse. He’s a big, rangy fella, who has got a little bit stronger again from four to five. He had a greyhound-look about him even last year, so we hope we would progress him a little bit, but he doesn’t have to do too much more to win a really good pot.”
Moore is likely to have the choice of any of the first five in the betting for the Investec Oaks after Crystal Zvezda (7-2) bounded clear in the Listed Haras De Bouquetot Fillies’ Trial Stakes.
It was his final winner from his six mounts.
Stoute appears keen to head to Epsom for the fillies’ Classic and Crystal Zvezda was immediately cut to 6-1 (from 25s) with Paddy Power.
Stoute said: “We have always loved this filly. She has taken her time to come to herself this year, but all of a sudden it has happened. We have had to be patient with her and it is really happening for her.
“I’ve got to consider the Oaks.”
Moore started his run when landing the Olympic Glory Conditions Stakes with Birchwood (11-1), who produced a good turn of foot on the stands side to beat Beaverbrook by a length and a half.
Trainer Richard Fahey will look for a further step up in trip, rather than send him to Royal Ascot, as he was not stopping near the line.
The trainer explained: “He does that to a few of our better two-year-olds at home. I was worried when I saw the opposition because it looked a warm race, but Ryan liked him. I don’t think he’s a Coventry horse. We may go to Newmarket.”
Moore’s treble was secured by Adaay (4-1 favourite), whose length and three-quarters victory over Jungle Cat in the Listed Toronado Carnarvon Stakes booked a ticket for Royal Ascot and a crack at the inaugural Commonwealth Cup – a race exclusively for three-year-olds.
Trainer William Haggas said: “We have taken our time with him. The Commonwealth Cup has been a long time coming. He is a useful horse and you never know what might happen. He may go for the Sandy Lane.”
Moore bagged his fourth winner from the first four races as Time Test (7-2 favourite) came from off the pace to steal the Al Zubarah London Gold Cup.
The Roger Charlton-trained Dubawi colt, making his seasonal debut, scored by a length and a quarter from Dissolution.