Thursday 23 November 2017

Fahey eyes Longchamp for glorious Garswood

Marcus Armytage

Garswood, a disappointment in this year's English 2,000 Guineas when seventh behind Dawn Approach, got his reputation back on track when landing the Lennox Stakes on the opening day of Glorious Goodwood.

Richard Fahey had been doing a rain dance overnight for the big scopey colt, while the course authorities had done the opposite.

And it was the Yorkshire trainer that clearly made more impact with the weather gods as half an inch fell during the morning, which resulted in two positives for Garswood – good to soft ground and the withdrawal of the form horse Aljamaaheer.

Ryan Moore really had to stoke the winner up from two out and he still had six to pass inside the last furlong, but he got there with a neck to spare from Caspar Netscher, returning from a brief but failed stud career, in second and the front running Boom And Bust a length back in third.

After winning the Free Handicap in April, Fahey saw in Garswood an outside hope of a first classic winner, but they never materialised on his return to the Rowley Mile. However, he recovered some of his reputation when he ran a promising fourth in the Jersey Stakes at Ascot.

"We've always felt he was a very nice horse," said Fahey. "He's not the finished article. He's still a big schoolboy, but he's growing up all the time. He will be in training next year so we haven't really got stuck into him 100pc this year as there will be more to come.

"He was only learning his trade in the last 100 yards today. If we have a Group One in mind for him this season, it's the Prix de La Foret at Longchamp."

Winning jockey Moore then rode his 100th Goodwood winner after persuading Clive Brittain to keep Brazos in the two-year-old maiden rather than contesting Thursday's Richmond Stakes. Mind you, the 3/1 winner needed all of Moore's determination to get home by a neck.

Richard Hannon hardly needs a confidence boost before today's keenly-awaited 'Duel on the Downs'. But Toronado's trainer was given ample proof of the well-being of his string when Viewpoint swept from last to first to win the opener and, 35 minutes later, he saddled the one-two, Brown Sugar and Anticipated, in the Molecomb Stakes. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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