YORK, England // Delegator won the Duke Of York Stakes over six furlongs with ease yesterday to set up a Godolphin raid on the Group 1 Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot next month.
The five-year-old had been off the track for 186 days, and although Simon Crisford, the Godolphin racing manager, had warned that the colt was not at peak fitness, it was a facile victory.
Frankie Dettori held his mount at the rear of the field in the middle of the track before switching to the stand side rail and coming with a dream run to score from Regal Parade.
"He has a tremendous amount of speed," Dettori, the Godolphin jockey, said. "There was only ever going to be one winner there. I let him down a bit at the end and we've got a bit left to work on."
Delegator finished second to Sea The Stars two years ago in the English 2000 Guineas but has struggled to match the best over a strongly run mile.
"We will certainly keep him to this distance," said Crisford. "He will head to Royal Ascot but will also be entered in all the big races from six furlongs to a mile."
The son of Dansili should be perfectly suited by the stiff uphill finish of the six furlongs at Ascot, where he could clash with Rocket Man, the Dubai Golden Shaheen winner.