Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 22 February 2018

French Navy proves able recruit

French Navy continues to impress since his switch to Mahmood Al Zarooni's yard and landed the Betfred The Bonus King Select Stakes with the minimum of fuss at Goodwood yesterday.

A winner of three races in France last season when with Andre Fabre, his only defeat came behind subsequent Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Roderic O'Connor in the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud on heavy ground. He won at Newmarket on his first start for Godolphin and handled the step up to Group Three level here with aplomb.

Ahmed Ajtebi was content to sit way off the pace on the Shamardal colt but he never looked to have any concerns.

A smart turn of foot over a furlong out put the race to bed and the 2/1 favourite beat Slumber by two and a half lengths.

"He's an exciting horse. This is a lovely race as it comes at a good time of year for a horse that has been off a little while. He's very progressive," said Godolphin's representative Diana Cooper.

Richard Hannon appears to have yet another very smart juvenile on his hands after the victory of Bronterre in the Peter Willett Stakes.

Winner of a Salisbury maiden on his debut, the Oasis Dream colt looked very professional in winning the seven-furlong contest by five lengths.

Sent off at 11/4 behind the 6/5 favourite Justineo, his entry in the Dewhurst Stakes does not look too fanciful now.

Hannon also took the other Listed race on the card, the Starlit Stakes, with the rejuvenated Monsieur Chevalier (6/1).

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