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Fahey duo deliver at Newmarket

Newmarket has not been the most fruitful of hunting grounds for Richard Fahey but he left the opening day of the Craven meeting with two of the big-race winners.

Top of the list financially was the success of Sir Reginald in the £150,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Sprint, although the continually improving Yorkshire trainer could now have a 1000 Guineas runner after the effort of Barefoot Lady in the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes.

Classics had not really been considered before his filly appeared in this noted trial and the 14/1 shot was hardly an obvious candidate on her two-year-old form.

However, she really hit her stride late on under Paul Hanagan to edge past Aidan O'Brien's hot favourite, Sing Softly, and the useful John Gosden runner Maqaasid in the shadow of the post.

"I was one from 60 runners here in recent years, it's not been the best, but this has been a very good day," said Fahey. "She's only slight but Paul said they don't get any tougher. I have to talk to her owner (Norman Steel) about supplementing her, but he's keen.

"The trip was a question mark today but on that showing she should get a mile. I've only had a runner in the Oaks before, not the Guineas, so we're not used to all this."

Sir Reginald (4/1) had earlier provided compensation to Fahey and owner Jim McGrath (the Channel 4 broadcaster) for a few let-downs.


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