When giving coach John Gosden back-to-back successes in the Sun Racing September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday royal Line acquired his career back on track.
Having sent out Arc winner Permit to maintain the Group Three contest on her recurrence that was seasonal 12 weeks before, that the Newmarket coach saw his way is headed by the prize once again as Dubawi’s son made his first start on the all-weather a one.
Until crossing the line a length and a quarter clear of Mootasadir to maintain his first victory since the last season’s November Handicap, the shot burst through to hit on the front inside the last furlong of the mile-and-a-half decoration.
Rab Havlin, winning jockey, stated:”We know he’s a little bit of class, but he’s floor dependant. I was concerned they went down the back.
“I was happy I only had a couple of horses to pass. He got caught a bit flat-footed when I first pressed him, but he finished off good. We could have an uninterrupted preparation for the season’s back end.
“It had been his first time on the all-weather – he had been entered at Chester a week but we didn’t believe the rain could arrive in time, thus we made a decision to come .”
Havlin is keen to stay at a distance and a half, Even though Royal Line holds Group One entrances in both the Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh and the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup in Ascot .
He added:”He’s entered in a few things at the back end as he is another horse on soft earth.
“I think that a mile and a half on soft earth is what he wants, as when it is soft ground that they must stay very strongly.”