Classic Stakes: Marbaan stars at Goodwood with traditional Jamie Spencer late drive to win for Charlie Fellowes

The progressive Marbaan and Jamie Spencer got here with a moist sail to land the Japan Racing Affiliation Classic Stakes at Goodwood.

The Charlie Fellowes-trained son of Oasis Dream had received two novice races after a promising Newbury debut third, and confirmed his eye-catching Salisbury win as he stepped up into Group Two firm.

Mysterious Night time took them into the flip within the seven-furlong occasion beneath William Buick and it appeared like Chesham winner Holloway Boy and Danny Tudhope had each transfer coated.

Nevertheless, after he swept to the entrance half a furlong out, the 11/eight favorite was instantly challenged by Marbaan, who was nonetheless stuffed with working, with the 14/1 probability occurring to win by a comfy half a size.

Betfair launched the winner at 20/1 for the 2000 Guineas, and Spencer mentioned: “I knew down by the three-furlong pole that I used to be working away and Danny (Tudhope) on Holloway Boy was beginning to squeeze so I simply timed my run. He is a beautiful trying horse and I am positive he’ll keep a mile.”

Newmarket-based Fellowes spoke of his reduction afterwards, admitting: “I did not take pleasure in an enormous quantity of it if I am utterly trustworthy.

“We have at all times thought loads of Marbaan and it was an actual enhance over the winter to be despatched horses by Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum. He has stood out from the get-go.

Marbaan and Holloway Boy battle it out to the road at Goodwood

“He was a extremely handsome yearling who has simply progressed and progressed. We put him in on the deep finish right this moment and I cherished it once we received drawn 9 of 9 which is strictly what you need to see!

“We have had a tough season, however to have a winner at Goodwood for such an essential proprietor on a beautiful day of racing is phenomenal and means an enormous quantity to me and the workforce who’ve labored unbelievably laborious and it was a beautiful journey from Jamie.

“Coaching in the intervening time is as tough because it ever has been. There’s loads of competitors as effectively and loads of proficient younger trainers coming by as effectively. This for some motive has been a tough yr for us, however all credit score to the workforce who’ve saved on delivering and hopefully we will have a giant second half of the yr.”

Forest Falcon swoops for Chesterfield Cup glory

Mark and Charlie Johnston noticed their Qatar Goodwood Pageant get off to the absolute best begin as Forest Falcon landed the opening Coral Chesterfield Cup Handicap.

The four-year-old was partnered by Frankie Dettori for the 10-furlong occasion and began a 14/1 probability after ending 14th of 22 when final seen within the John Smith’s Cup at York earlier within the month.

This time the gelding was a simple winner, racing broad and taking on the lead two furlongs from house to prevail by a size and three-quarters.

Forest Falcon and Frankie Dettori win the Chesterfield Cup at Goodwood
Forest Falcon and Frankie Dettori win the Chesterfield Cup at Goodwood

“It is good to get off the mark on the primary runner, it is very a lot Charlie’s doing,” mentioned Mark Johnston. “He earmarked this race for this horse firstly of the season and mentioned all alongside that this could be his D-Day and he was proper. He could not have received it extra simply.”

Dettori added: “I at all times knew I used to be going to get an excellent place, Charlie advised me he was an excellent traveller.

“He was a bit gassy firstly, however he had an excellent begin and with an excellent lead I believed to simply wait till the cutaway and get him going, and he simply discovered one other gear.

“Within the area of half a furlong he had three lengths on the sector, he was by no means doubtful.”

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