Racing: Bahhare has slight edge

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Bahhare's effortless victory at Newmarket trumped Putra's performance in winning the Lanson Champagne Vintage Stakes at Goodwood to establish the pair as the leading two-year-old colts in Britain.

Grapeshot, placed second in the Goodwood race after the disqualifiction of Sahm, Bahhare's stablemate, justified the high rating of 116 given to his maiden win, which had been working out well. This and other form places Putra on 120.

But a form line through Equal Rights, the promoted third to Putra and runner-up to Bahhare on their debuts at the July meeting, puts John Dunlop's charge just ahead. A time comparison with the other seven-furlong race on last Saturday's Newmarket card confirms a rating of 121.

To put the form into perspective, the beating Bahhare handed out to Rich In Love and Quest Express, down the field in the Cherry Hinton Stakes and July Stakes, would have seen him the easy winner of the colts' race but trailing in the wake of Dazzle.

Plans for an encounter between Michael Stoute's filly and Zamindar, Zafonic's full-brother and the favourite for next year's 2,000 Guineas, in the Prix Morny at Deauville later this month have been shelved.

LUKE ARDLEY'S INDEPENDENT RATINGS FOR THE LEADING TWO-YEAR-OLDS: 131 Dazzle, 121 Bahhare, 120 Putra, 119 Easycall, Ocean Ridge, Sahm, Verglas, 116 Grapeshot, 115 Bahamian Bounty, Raphane, 114 Equal Rights, Red Camellia, 113 Daylight In Dubai, 112 Deep Finesse, 111 Air Express, Compton Place, Kumait, Roman Imp, 110 Crystal Crossing, Well Warned.