Modern Games surged to victory in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, but winning rider William Buick was bit by second-place finisher Chindit.
With a half-flight remaining, the 3-1 favourite overtook Chindit, but Buick’s left hand was injured when his competitor snapped. For Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby, Modern Games was adding to his French 2,000 Guineas and two Breeders’ Cup victories.
“They got into a huge fight, but Buick stated, “This horse is a true superstar”. He is really reliable and a pleasure to work with. He is always there when you need him, and he has accomplished this in the past in England, France, and America. He is an elite miler.”
The long-time leader Chindit objected when Modern Games overtook him, baring his fangs and nipping the jockey champion.
Frankie Dettori’s horse Laurel finished in 10th position, with Berkshire Shadow (33-1) taking third place. Dettori, who was competing in his last season, won the Al Rayyan Stakes earlier this year aboard Ralph Beckett-trained Haskoy.
Aidan O’Brien won the London Gold Cup thanks to Bertinelli and Ryan Moore.