THE Group 2 Minstrel Stakes was a truly intergenerational test with everything from three-year-olds to an 11-year-old present. The market ultimately called it correctly with Romanised (122) and Hey Gaman (118) dominating proceedings. This looked quite a deep race beforehand and the feature was a strong gallop which resulted in a below par finishing speed of 100.9% for the winner.
The Dettori-ridden Hey Gaman travelled best into proceedings but almost certainly got there sooner than Frankie would have liked, Ballydoyle’s pacemaker only able to take him to the two-furlong pole. Romanised, under a perfectly timed ride from Billy Lee, snatched the race from him at the death and ultimately won a shade cosily. Safe Voyage (116), a fast-finishing third, took a while to pick up but the sectionals suggest he was a clear third best nonetheless.