Artigiano books Ascot ticket
Artigiano may have booked his place in what may be a huge Godolphin team for Royal Ascot by turning in an impressive first win at Leicester.
Mahmood Al Zarooni's American-bred juvenile caught the eye when narrowly beaten into third on his racecourse debut at York earlier this month and was the 11-10 favourite to go a couple of places better in the Pytchley Maiden Stakes.
It was clear from halfway Frankie Dettori's mount had his rivals in real trouble and he finished his race off in some style, scoring by six lengths from Pearl Noir.
"It was an impressive run at York. He really ran on well and he has sharpened up a lot since," said Dettori.
"This was a good opportunity for him and I suppose he will end up at Ascot in three weeks' time."
The Godolphin team doubled up for the day in the Charnwood Forest Fillies' Conditions Stakes as Dysphonia proved a different class to her rivals.
The 30-100 favourite had shown some smart form in Australia and was an encouraging third in a hot race at Lingfield on her British bow.
She easily accounted for her four rivals by upwards of two and three-quarter lengths.
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor told At The Races: "She ran well first time (in England) and came back sound and healthy.
"The trip suited her, she showed a good turn of foot and we will look for either a Listed race or a Group Three for her next."
William Haggas enjoyed a good start to what is a huge week as 11-10 favourite Nine Realms easily landed the British Stallion Studs Coplow EBF Maiden Stakes.
The three-year-old had run with plenty of promise when second at Newmarket and Kempton on his first couple of starts and made it third-time lucky with a five-length win.
Haggas can now look forward to seeing stablestars Vow and Beaten Up shoot for Group One glory at Epsom later this week.
The trainer's wife and assistant, Maureen Haggas, said: "He's a nice horse and is a three-parts brother to Aqlaam, who was a top horse.
"He has just taken a bit of time to get the hang of it, but he enjoyed it in front today and did nicely."
There was a thrilling finish to the Sharnford Handicap, with the Charles Smith-trained Sairaam (15-2) holding on by just a nose from Daruband under Cathy Gannon.
"She's just tied up in the last strides, but I thought I might have held on," said Gannon.
"She's just got a bit tired as it was only her second run in a long time."
Tom Dascombe's former high-class juvenile Julius Geezer made the most of a drop in class by securing just his second career victory in the Hickling Selling Stakes.
The 11-4 chance attracted plenty of interest at the post-race auction and connections had to go to £8,000 to keep hold of him.
Part-owner Steve Stroud said: "He has loads of ability and won the Lily Agnes two years ago.
"He got to a rating of 98, but it just shows you they're not machines.
"It's all about confidence and hopefully he can go on from this."
Pilgrims Rest justified 6-4 favouritism in the Belvoir Castle Handicap for champion trainer Richard Hannon and stable jockey Richard Hughes.
Master Of Song sprang a 33-1 surprise in the concluding Swannington Handicap.