Anno Domini defies trouble in-running to strike for Godolphin

William Buick believes Anno Domini is set for brighter things after the expensive Godolphin purchase defied in-running trouble for an impressive debut win in the 6½f novice at Newbury on Thursday.

The son of New Bay cost 525,000gns as a breeze-up this year, and after breaking well he was significantly bumped and forced to the rear of the field. However, he then managed to sprint clear to a three-quarter-length success under champion jockey Buick.

"I wanted a lead, but then got sandwiched and he was turned sideways. It was his first time out so I didn't want to make the experience any worse for him," Buick told Sky Sports Racing. "But at the moment I asked him to put himself into the race, he did it very easily.

"He just pricked his ears when he got to the front, but he's a very nice horse and it was a very nice performance."

The race has been won by Group 1 victors Mysterious Night and Expert Eye in the last decade and Buick is excited to see how far Anno Domini – a half-brother to French 1,000 Guineas runner-up Kathmandu – can go.

He added: "I think he'll go on to much better things and a mile will definitely be within his compass further down the line."

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