Bosra strikes back for Cecil

The Maktoum finally let someone else have a go at the Classics. Mark Of Esteem's 2,000 Guineas on Saturday was their ninth consecutive Classic but the fillies' equivalent was surrendered here yesterday when Bosra Sham was victorious.

This was not largely a victory for Albion however. The American-bred winner was ridden by an Irishman, Pat Eddery, and is owned by a Syrian, Wafic Said.

Bosra Sham, though, is trained by our very own Henry Cecil, and there was some piquancy in the fact that he should peel at the fingers of the Dubai domination following his split with Sheikh Mohammed. The Sunday crowd seemed to acknowledge this and Cecil was given a sweeping reception by the assembly on his return. It affected him deeply. He choked: "It's very emotional and it makes you want to cry." Which he almost did.

Cecil must have been close to tears several times this week. Bosra Sham has moved with the alacrity of a Tommy returning from a bog-filled trench for much of the final build-up, the victim of particularly brittle feet. "She has had a horrible time with people re-doing her feet," the trainer said. "But we never throw in the towel, we keep going. She hobbled out on Friday morning and she hasn't been able to do anything since, so it's a pretty good performance considering."

Such is Bosra Sham's celebrity there was even a camera to record her negotiating the ramp from her horsebox. Disembarkation is only usually a spectator sport when royal legs emerge from a limousine. The filly was led around the grass in the paddock and taken down steadily, but the real question would be asked in the race proper.

From a point of 2-5 earlier in the week, Bosra Sham had eased to 10-11 by the off, odds which appeared by no means generous as Eddery was one of the first to get sweated up in the race. The filly, we now know, has the attitude to accompany her undoubted brilliance and she responded to activity from the saddle. Eddery's route did not please the stewards (he was later given a two-day suspension for careless riding, drifting in front of the field on to the rails), but he was struggling to nurse his partner home. "Normally she travels a lot better than that but in the last furlong and a half she was shortening on both front legs," he said. "You haven't seen her at her best today. "

This belief is also held by Cecil. "Sir Noel Murless always said you had to be 110 per cent to win Classics, but she's done it on probably 90 per cent," he said. "When Pat asked her the question she felt it and she looked after herself in the final furlong. That's not surprising with her bruises and soreness, but she's a real professional and very genuine. I hope next time she runs we have a nice clear run and we can see her even better."

That may be in the Irish 1,000 Guineas or, more likely, Bosra Sham will be allowed protracted recovery time and pointed at Royal Ascot's Coronation Stakes. There is no immediate plan to try her at beyond a mile.

The Guineas winner will therefore be playing no part in the Oaks, which looks as though it will be retained by Godolphin if Pricket's performance in the Pretty Polly Stakes is anything to go by. The five-length winner is down to 6-4 for Epsom.

The only other filly in single figures is Bint Salsabil, which is rather surprising considering Willie Carson's comments after she finished seventh yesterday. "She didn't stay," he said.

n Frankie Dettori will be sidelined for a total of 12 days this month after he picked up a two-day ban at Newmarket yesterday for careless riding on Kammtarra in the closing race after the eight-day ban for overuse of the whip on Mark Of Esteem.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application Developer

£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...

Recruitment Genius: Digital Account Executive

£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...

Recruitment Genius: Service Engineers - Doncaster / Hull

£27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Domestic Service Only Engineers are requ...

Recruitment Genius: Employability / Recruitment Adviser

£23600 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Employability Service withi...

Day In a Page

Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...