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  • 16:10 Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes 7f

  • (Fillies' Group 3) £50,000 added 3yo 11 ran
  • Winner £28,385 2nd £10,760 3rd £5,385 4th £2,685
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 24.44s
  • Off time: 16:10:35

Fahey claims Nell Gwyn

Fahey and Hanagan claim Nell Gwyn Stakes with Barefoot Lady

Last Updated: 13/04/11 5:06pm

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Barefoot Lady (right) came with a late rattle to win the Nell Gwyn.

Barefoot Lady (right) came with a late rattle to win the Nell Gwyn.

The Richard Fahey trained Barefoot Lady (14-1) won the Group Three Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket.

There were more fancied runners in the 1000 Guineas trial with Aidan O'Brien's Sing Softly (the trainer's first runner in the race) sent off favourite ahead of Maqaasid but that pair had no answer to the late challenge of Paul Hanagan and Barefoot Lady.

Racing widest of all in the final furlong, the daughter of Foostepsinthesand, finished powerfully up the hill to score by a neck and three quarters of a length.

Fahey said: "She's only slight, but Paul said they don't come much tougher.

"I've got to have a proper chat with the owner about supplementing for the (1000) Guineas, but he is keen.

"There was a question mark today about the trip but on that display, she should stay a mile.

"I've had a runner in the Oaks before, but never in the Guineas. We're not used to this!''

Winning owner Normal Steel added: "The Guineas will be the trainer's decision, but if you asked us, we're keen."

Sing Softly also raced down the middle of the track and responded well to Ryan Moore's urgings to lay down a strong challenge on the fastest ground that she's encountered to date despite drifting towards the far side rail in the closing stages.

Maqaasid appeared to be travelling best of all as they entered the final quarter of a mile and the gaps came at the right time for Richard Hills as the pair moved through to contest the lead but the filly couldn't respond in the closing stages.

Trainer John Gosden said: "She was giving away 3lb to the rest of them so, on the weights, she's the best filly in the race.

"If the owners want to go for the Guineas, there's no reason not to."

Sky Bet have introduced the winner at 25/1 for the 1000 Guineas.

Matt Doyle of Sky Bet said: "Her sporting owners may want to open their chequebooks to give Barefoot Lady a 1000 Guineas entry but the heaped finish in one of the lesser trials has failed to make many ripples in the Classic market."

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