Varian gets just rewards
Justineo could be readied for Paris after he ploughed through rain-softened ground in the Crown Hotel Bawtry Scarbrough Stakes at Doncaster.
Roger Varian's four-year-old snapped a near two-year losing streak in a Newmarket conditions event on his penultimate start and a subsequent third-placed finish in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood was further evidence of his rapid progress.
Partnered by William Buick over the straight five furlongs on Town Moor, the 4-1 joint-favourite blasted out of the stalls and it was soon clear a number of his opponents were struggling to keep up.
Judge 'N Jury tried to keep tabs on the pacesetter from his rail draw, but Justineo was not for catching and took the Listed prize by a length and a half from fellow market leader Masamah.
Judge 'N Jury was another head back in third.
Varian, whose horses are in outstanding form, is now considering a tilt at the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp on October 6 with Justineo.
"It took the trainer far too long to work the trip out, but we've got there eventually," said the Newmarket handler.
"He'd run some good races in soft ground over six furlongs before and he's handled conditions well.
"He handles faster ground as well, so it's nice to have a horse that's versatile that way.
"He is in the Prix de l'Abbaye and he could run in that. We know now he's a very fast horse and that he should cope with whatever conditions prevail in France in early October.
"I wouldn't have thought he'd have another run before that as he's been on the go since running in Dubai last winter."
Buick, who later won the concluding Berendsen Workwear Handicap with 7-1 chance Sir Pedro, said: "He's going to be a sprinter to be reckoned with."
Godolphin runner Out Of Bounds (11-4) made an excellent start to life in Britain with a fine galloping display in the Park Hill Hospital Conditions Stakes under Silvestre de Sousa.
Making his first appearance since being placed in a Meydan handicap in early March, the imposing chestnut handled conditions with aplomb and was good value for his half-length victory over even-money favourite Gatewood.
Winning trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: "I am very happy with him.
"He ran on dirt in America, Tapeta in Dubai, and he has handled soft ground well.
"We have given him time and physically he has improved. I think he will be better for the race.
"There is no plan for him, but we will look for a better race."
Lightning Thunder (5-2) emerged triumphant after a pulsating three-way finish to the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Stakes.
The Olly Stevens-trained Newbury maiden winner was strongly challenged by Justice Day and Expert as the post loomed.
But she clung on under Harry Bentley to defeat the former by a short head, with Expert a further head away in third.
Former champion jockey Kevin Darley, representing winning part-owners Pearl Bloodstock, said: "She won well at Newbury and she's a nice, progressive filly.
"Harry played his hand first and needed her to battle back and she did. She showed she's a battler and she has the right attitude.
"We'll see what's left for her this year. It will be up to the boss where she goes."
James Bethell's Braidley (9-1) left his rivals trailing in his wake to strike a blow for Yorkshire in the Arena Group Nursery.
Middleham-based Bethell said: "He ran a bit keen over a mile at Newcastle last time, which is why we brought him back to seven furlongs.
"Ted said he'll stay a mile standing on his head and I actually think he'd prefer faster ground than this as he's a nice-moving horse.
"Hopefully we'll go onwards and upwards from here. We' ll wait for the big offer to come in!"
David Simcock's Breton Rock (12-1) bounced back to form to take top honours in the Beauty At Doncaster Handicap.
Simcock's wife, Jennie, said: "That was really good and he loves this ground.
"We gelded him since his last run at Goodwood and he's had a few lessons in the stalls as well.
"There is a race at Newbury next week for him, so we'll have a look at that."