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.

News
people'It can last and it's terrifying'
Sport
Danny Welbeck's Manchester United future is in doubt
footballGunners confirm signing from Manchester United
Sport
footballStriker has moved on loan for the remainder of the season
Sport
footballFeaturing Bart Simpson
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
New Articles
Olivia Colman topped the list of the 30 most influential females in broadcasting
tv
News
Kelly Brook
peopleA spokesperson said the support group was 'extremely disappointed'
News
The five geckos were launched into space to find out about the effects of weightlessness on the creatures’ sex lives
i100
Life and Style
techIf those brochure kitchens look a little too perfect to be true, well, that’s probably because they are
Sport
Andy Murray celebrates a shot while playing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
TennisWin sets up blockbuster US Open quarter-final against Djokovic
Arts and Entertainment
Hare’s a riddle: Kit Williams with the treasure linked to Masquerade
booksRiddling trilogy could net you $3m
Arts and Entertainment
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand performs live
music Pro-independence show to take place four days before vote
News
news Video - hailed as 'most original' since Benedict Cumberbatch's
News
i100
Life and Style
The longer David Sedaris had his Fitbit, the further afield his walks took him through the West Sussex countryside
lifeDavid Sedaris: What I learnt from my fitness tracker about the world
Arts and Entertainment
Word master: Self holds up a copy of his novel ‘Umbrella’
booksUnlike 'talented mediocrity' George Orwell, you must approach this writer dictionary in hand
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

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

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

SQL Implementation Consultant (VB,C#, SQL, Java, Eclipse, integ

£40000 - £50000 per annum + benefits+bonus+package: Harrington Starr: SQL Impl...

SQL Technical Implementation Consultant (Java, BA, Oracle, VBA)

£45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: SQL Technical ...

Head of IT (Windows, Server, VMware, SAN, Fidessa, Equities)

£85000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Head of IT (Windows, Server, VMware, SAN, ...

Lead C# Developer (.Net, nHibernate, MVC, SQL) Surrey

£55000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Lead C# Develo...

Day In a Page

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering