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It was no great surprise that the colt should up his game because as a two-year-old he always looked the type to do better with time, even though he won the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury as a juvenile.
That was his first outing for Godolphin, having been purchased by them after he had shown plenty of ability in two earlier defeats.
Ribchester had warmed up for his Classic mission by finishing second past the post in the Prix Djebel at Maisons-Laffitte but he was demoted to fifth that day for causing interference to his rivals.
After Newmarket, Ribchester proved himself a class act when winning the Group Two Jersey Stakes in smooth style at Royal Ascot.
And many considered him a little unlucky when third, beaten a head and a short head, when third behind The Gurkha and Galileo Gold in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.
He went a long way to proving that when landing the Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois next time at Deauville, before beating all bar Minding in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.
“He wasn’t unlucky but he maybe just over-raced a little bit in the early stages of the race,” Richard Fahey said after the latter race. “He is a horse with a very high cruising speed and they couldn’t go quick enough for him early on.
“We are really happy with the run. He came back at Minding at the end of the race there but I am a huge admirer of the winner, she is a wonderful filly and we can be proud of how our horse has run.”
Kept in training for 2017, Ribchester ran well to be a length third in the Dubai Turf on his return at Meydan and then deservedly landed his first Champions Series victory with an all-the-way win in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
He confirmed himself as a brilliant miler when following up in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot from Mutakayyef and Deauville.
Fahey said afterwards: “Ribchester is just an exceptional horse. He has to be the best I have ever trained.”
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