New London states St Leger case with impressive G3 Gordon Stakes win
Progressive colt New London set himself up for a potential crack at the St Leger with a decisive victory in the G3 Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Thursday, 28 July.
The Dubawi homebred headed into the 12-furlong contest having won three of his four starts for Charlie Appleby, with his only defeat coming when finishing second in the G3 Chester Vase in May.
West Wind Blows ensured a strong early gallop for the 10 runners as New London raced in a clear sixth under William Buick. New London made good headway down the centre of the course in the straight and quickened strongly to take up the running over a furlong out, despite wandering across towards the far rail.
Derby runner-up Hoo Ya Mal pressed for the lead soon after but New London found plenty under pressure, asserting inside the final half-furlong to score by a length and three-quarters over the staying-on Deauville Legend.
William Buick said: “New London is a proper horse – he always has been – and he is very exciting. The Derby prep didn't go well but we are delighted to get him back and Charlie and his team have done a great job.
“We went a good pace and I wasn't following the horse I wanted to, so we were in front earlier than ideal. However, he is a strong galloper and he saw it out well, even allowing for that.
“This was always going to be a challenge and he has come through it with flying colours. I'm delighted and there is plenty more to come.
“New London has plenty of class. It's hard to be confident, but we can be hopeful about the St Leger trip. Those two furlongs are a long two furlongs, so we will see. He relaxes well and gives himself every chance of staying.”