Saturday 17 March 2018

Garswood lands thrilling Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood

Garswood edged out Caspar Netscher in a thrilling climax to the Group Two bet365 Lennox Stakes, the feature race on Day One of Glorious Goodwood.

Winner of the Free Handicap at Newmarket before finishing seventh in the 2000 Guineas, Garswood had run more encouragingly when fourth in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Sent off a 9-4 favourite for his latest seven-furlong assignment, the three-year-old was tucked in behind rivals early on by Ryan Moore before being brought widest of all to challenge.

It was hard work in the rain-softened ground, but Garswood responded to Moore's urgings and got up by a neck.

Caspar Netscher ran a fantastic race to fill the runner-up spot.

The four-year-old was making his first start in almost a year and his first appearance since joining David Simcock having been brought back into training following an unsuccessful stint at stud.

Moore said: "He did well as I had to go round the whole lot. Got a bit of interference, further back than we should have been.

"He's quite a heavy horse and he'd appreciate a bit of cut in the ground. It's not heavy, it's good to soft."

Fahey said: "I'm delighted for David (Armstrong) and Cheveley Park (part owners). We always thought he was a nice horse, but he's not the finished article yet. He's a big boy.

"Hopefully he'll end up a Group One horse. The race I've always had at the back of my mind for him is the Prix de la Foret on Arc day at Longchamp, but we'll see.

"We were disappointed in the Guineas, but he's been showing so much speed at home and we were trying to stretch him to a mile.

"He's a lot more relaxed now and you can switch him off, but we're still feeling our way with him.

"The ground suited him today. We love the horse and you haven't seen what we've seen. He stays in training next season.

"We don't always get the rub of the green here, but this has helped a bit. We'll go home smiling."

Simcock was rightly thrilled with Caspar Netscher's performance.

He said: "I'm delighted and hopefully he's got two or three more good years in him.

"It was hard to know quite where we were with him. He was a little fresh, but you'd expect that, and looking at him, I can't believe he won't come on for it.

"Hopefully he's got another two or three good years ahead of him. He's in the obvious races, the Hungerford Stakes and the Park Stakes. As an end of season target there is the Prix de la Foret and he will travel. He'll be heading abroad at various stages of the year, I'm sure of that."

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