A step up in trip saw Kew Gardens (2c Galileo – Chelsea Rose, by Desert King) run out an impressive winner of the Listed Zetland Stakes at Newmarket.
Ridden to lead by Ryan Moore, the bay quickened approaching the two furlong pole and stayed on strongly to win by three and a half lengths. It marked a well-deserved black-type win for the Aidan O’Brien-trained favourite, having finished fourth in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes and second in the Group 3 Juveniles Stakes on his two previous starts.
O’Brien later commented on the winner, “I would say Kew Gardens is a Derby type horse, he’ll be starting in a Derby trial next season. France would be an option for him, for sure. I would say that would be it for the year but you never know.”
Owned by Coolmore partners, Kew Gardens is a half-brother to dual Stakes winner and Group 1 second Thawaany. He was bred by Barronstown Stud out of the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Chelsea Rose.