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Victory Dance denied in G2 Superlative Stakes thriller


Victory Dance lost little in defeat when going down narrowly in a thrilling edition of the G2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, 9 July.

The Dubawi colt, who finished strongly to make a winning debut for Charlie Appleby over the seven-furlong course and distance three weeks ago, raced in third of the five runners under William Buick.

Victory Dance switched towards the far rail at halfway and closed to challenge front runner Dark Thirty and Isaac Shelby at the two-furlong pole.

Isaac Shelby led Victory Dance narrowly entering the final furlong and neither wilted as they came clear on the run to the line, with Isaac Shelby prevailing by a head in a stirring finish.

Charlie Appleby said: “I am pleased with that run from Victory Dance. Given it was just his second start, he has put up a good performance at G2 level and the first two have pulled well clear.

“Going forward, the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster looks the most logical step, although we will also keep an eye on the National Stakes, as we are expecting some marked improvement from this run.”