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Showed himself to be the most improved sprinter in training when landing the King’s Stand Stakes
Sent off a 4-1 shot, four-year-old Profitable beat Cotai Glory by a neck with Goken a length further back in third. He had previously landed the Palace House Stakes, at Newmarket, and the Temple Stakes at Haydock.
Winning trainer Clive Cox said after his Royal Ascot triumph: “First time out I thought he might need the run because he’s so laid back at home. He won the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket and I was concerned about soft ground for the Temple Stakes and he won that. That gave me confidence coming here today, and he travelled so strongly. Watching everything else fall away while he dug in has made me feel really pleased.
“I bought him as a yearling and he’s been progressive all the way. He was so quick to start with that he was hitting the front too soon in races as a youngster and he didn’t know what life was all about. He was a victim of his own ability, but when he got the hang of it and we got the hang of him it’s been an upward curve.
“We gave him some fancy entries last year because we believed in him, but it didn’t quite work out, but physically he’s a man now.”
He then reverted to five furlongs for the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes and Prix de l’Abbaye but was not at his best on either occasion – finishing sixth and then seventh.
Since purchased by Godolphin, Profitable began his 2017 campaign with an encouraging second to Signs Of Blessing at Deauville and confirmed himself as good as ever when beating all bar the outstanding Lady Aurelia when defending his King’s Stand Stakes crown.
However, not for the first time, he was below-par at York on his penultimate start when down the field in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.
He put that behind him last time when third behind Battaash and Marsha in the Prix de l’Abbaye, and has subsequently been retired to stud.
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