Fahey upbeat despite Wootton flop
Richard Fahey will not rush into making plans for Wootton Bassett after his star performer lost his unbeaten record in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains at Longchamp when finishing fifth behind Tin Horse.
Despite being drawn wide in stall 14, Wootton Bassett was sent off a hot favourite after giving his trainer and champion jockey Paul Hanagan a first taste of Group One glory in Paris on Arc day last October.
Hanagan bounced Wootton Bassett out of the stalls and was able to tack right across to the rail. But he was soon pulling for his head and that would ultimately cost him dear at the business end.
The market leader still held the advantage turning into the straight, but he tired inside the last couple of furlongs, finishing a half-length and two places in front of the David Wachman-trained Imperial Rome.
Didier Guillemin's Tin Horse took the spoils in the hands of Thierry Jarnet, getting the better of the strong-travelling Havane Smoker.
"He's just run a bit fresh I'm afraid and has done too much," Fahey said. "He might not have stayed as well, but I wouldn't like to condemn him on that score at the moment.
"Paul knew they were going too quick, but the horse was just too well, if that makes sense. If we'd have had a prep run, it would have been easier, but with the injury early in the year, we missed that."
British hopes were also dashed in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches as Andre Fabre's Golden Lilac maintained her unbeaten record with a superb performance.
The daughter of Galileo showed an electric turn of foot to pick up pacemaker Glorious Sight in the final furlong to win as she liked.
Aidan O'Brien's Wild Wind stayed on to finish third, but British hopes Rimth, Sharnberry, Maqaasid and Godolphin inmate Zoowraa all failed to trouble the judge.
The overseas raiders fared better in the Prix de Saint-Georges as Dandy Nicholls' Inxile pipped compatriot Captain Dunne.
"When I first watched it I thought we'd nodded it, but then when I watched the other angle I thought we'd got nodded," said Nicholls.
"With a bit of luck, it would be nice to come back for the Prix de l'Abbaye on Arc day."
While Fahey may have been out of luck with Wootton Bassett, his excellent form continued as Kay Gee Be landed yesterday's feature at Ripon.
Jockey Tony Hamilton was content to sit in fourth place before kicking on running into the dip. The 100/30 favourite held off the fast-finishing Dubai Dynamo by half a length.