He can make amends tomorrow back over his favoured distance of five furlongs
Mount Abu which was prominent early with Great Pyramid but was unable to up the tempo when the pace quickened in earnest around the last bend and, although One More Round flattered in front approaching the final furlong
, it was McDonogh's mount which found that extra gear to settle the issue quickly and decisively.
Bounced out of the stalls by Royston Ffrench, she stretched clear in the final furlong
for an easy three-and-a-half-length success from Millestan, with Godolphin's first juvenile runner of the season, Mizzle, two and a half lengths back in third.
Orientor has won over seven furlongs
and it is a big prize at Ascot so two chances are better than one
Over six furlongs
, stall two doesn't seem cursed - a 25.
That race was over an extended 10 furlongs
and the step up to a mile and a half can bring out sufficient improvement in El Zito to defy his 5lb penalty.
45pm over two miles and four-and-a-half furlongs
, then the two mile Leamington Handicap Hurdle at 8.
The five-year-old was always prominent under Joe Fanning and stayed on strongly to lead inside the final furlong
before going on to score by a length and three-quarters from Twenty two silver.
100,000 Generous Portion, 2-year-old fillies bred in California, 6 furlongs
He was staying on a couple of times over five furlongs
, so we were expecting him to run better over this longer trip.
Asked for historical perspective Thursday, track publicist Dan Smith went to his bookshelf and came back with the eye-popping chart of the 1964 Del Mar Futurity, in which no fewer than 17 immature 2-year-olds rattled 6 furlongs
around one of Del Mar's sharp turns.
Ryan Moore is another jockey with an ever-growing fan club and he gave a peach of a ride to the veteran Solo Flight, who was brought from last to first in the final three furlongs
of the ten-furlong
handicap to score by a length and a quarter from Torinmoor.