Fracking success for trainer Olly Stevens at Goodwood
Last Updated: 26/09/13 9:47am
Fracking runs out a ready winner at Goodwood
A review of the rest of the action from Goodwood, where Fracking got off the mark in impressive style.
Olly Stevens is starting to extract the best from Fracking as he galloped to a wide-margin success in the British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Maiden Stakes at Goodwood.
Running in the colours of Peter Winkworth, who used to train at Robins Farm in Godalming before Stevens was installed there, the chestnut is topically named as he is also part-owned by petroleum-rich Sheikh Fahad and is related to Carson City, where the controversial oil technique had been proposed.
The 9-2 favourite had shown promise in both previous starts and went out from the front to come five lengths clear under Mickael Barzalona.
"He's been tricky in the stalls but experience has helped him," said Winkworth. "I think he'll be a nice horse next year and we could give him one more run. That'll be up to the trainer."
Double Bluff evoked fond memories for course regulars and owner Ron Huggins as he took the Bibendum E.B.F. Maiden Stakes.
The colt's dam, Damask Rose, is a half-sister to Double Eclipse and Double Trigger, who carried Huggins' green and red silks to three victories in the Goodwood Cup during the mid-90s.
Sent off the 13-8 favourite for the Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning combination, Double Bluff powered away from the front and beat Pack Leader by a length and three-quarters.
Huggins said: "I'm really pleased, especially with the connection with Trigger.
"The others won at two and kept progressing, which is what makes it so enjoyable.
"He ran a nice race first time at Doncaster but there were alarms going off and he got a bit hyped up."
Gospel Choir took the Santa Maria Foodservice Handicap in the style of a typical late bloomer for Sir Michael Stoute and Cheveley Park Stud.
The chestnut had a purple patch last summer but was off the track for almost a year, showing some promise on his return at York.
Gospel Choir (2-1 favourite) came with a smooth run through in the final furlong and would not budge against Mister Impatience's challenge, winning by half a length.
"He's on the comeback trail and hopefully improving," said Stoute's representative James Savage.
"He's beautifully bred by Galileo out of Chorist, who got better with age for William Haggas."
Apprentice Thomas Brown, rather overshadowed by Oisin Murphy at present, helped 5-1 favourite Joey's Destiny to finish a nose up in the 3663 Inspired By You Handicap.
"He won on his debut but then fractured a tibia, so it's been a long road back. He's only now becoming the horse we hoped he'd be," said trainer George Baker.
Threave (4-1 favourite) edged Valmina in the Merbury Catering Consultants Apprentice Handicap.