THERE is little doubt that the highlight of day one of Newmarket’s July meeting was the runaway success of Nostrum in the Listed Sir Henry Cecil Stakes.

The Kingman colt hadn’t been sighted since filling third position in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes on the Rowley Mile nine months earlier. Held up in the spring by a minor issue, which meant any plans to run in the 2000 Guineas were abandoned, he returned to the fray in a mile event which had been won by the brilliant Baaeed two years ago.