Racing: Intikhab romps Diomed

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INTIKHAB revived the fortunes of Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin enterprise when winning the Diomed Stakes at Epsom yesterday. The 2-1 favourite put on the style in the Group Three event to ease the pain of narrow defeats for stablemates City Honours in the Derby, and Swain and Bahr in the Coronation Cup and Oaks yesterday.

Travelling well all the way for Frankie Dettori, he moved clear from the furlong-pole and stretched away to defeat Hidden Meadow by five lengths.

Unfortunately, the colt's trainer Saeed bin Suroor and the Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford missed the success as they were stuck in traffic a few miles away from the course.

Sheikh Mohammed said: "We might try this horse over one and a quarter miles eventually but I'm sure he'll be staying at this distance for the moment and he might go for the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot."

Bishops Court is another who might make the journey to Royal Ascot - for the King's Stand Stakes - after his narrow victory in the Vodafone "Dash" Rated Handicap. Well-ridden by Jimmy Fortune, he led near the line to edge out Repertory and Tadeo in a tight finish.

Lynda Ramsden, the winner's trainer, said: "Because he runs so consistently and horses who beat him come out and do well he hardly ever varies from his mark of 102 and so races like this suit him well. He is best on an easy track but even so we have put him in the King's Stand and he may well have a go at that. There is also the King George at Goodwood and we shall probably enter him for the Nunthorpe."