Real World looks the real deal in Newbury Listed win
Real World followed up his Royal Hunt Cup victory with another scintillating display on his Listed debut in the Steventon Stakes at Newbury, UK, on Saturday, 17 July.
Stepping back up to a mile and a quarter, the Saeed bin Suroor-trained colt tracked Solid Stone and Movin Time for much of the race before finding himself caught in a pocket as Derab moved up on his outside three furlongs out.
Marco Ghiani switched Real World out over a furlong from home and the Godolphin four-year-old unleashed a storming late run, collaring Derab in the closing stages to win going away by a length and a quarter.
Saeed bin Suroor said: “We are very happy with Real World, who improved from his win at Royal Ascot. He has won his Listed race now, so we will look for a Group target between a mile and a mile and a quarter for his next start.”
Marco Ghiani added: “Real World is a really special horse, who is still improving. This was a step up in trip and grade and he still did it pretty easily. When Martin Harley came up on Derab and shut the door, I thought that I was in a bit of trouble but my horse just picked up really well as soon as he saw daylight.”