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Heavy Metal: Won the Richmond Stakes
Heavy Metal kept on gamely to land the Audi Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Thursday.
Mark Johnston's marvellous week continued as he saddled yet another winner in the six furlong Group Two contest.
Runner-up in the Woodcote Stakes at the Derby meeting in June, the son of Exceed And Excel had since finished down the field in the Coventry and last of seven in the July Stakes.
However, the two year old bounced right back to form under a positive ride from Joe Fanning and, despite being on the pace throughout, had enough in the locker to repel the late challenge of Master Of War to deny Richard Hannon a fifth consecutive winner in the race.
Ahern, a hot-favourite on the back of his close third in the July Stakes, broke well but was reined back to the rear of the field by Jamie Spencer and rarely looked like improving upon his position.
There was better news for his owners, Qatar Racing Limited, as their other runner, Cay Verde, finished third.
Fanning said of the winner: "He battled very well. He always does in every race he runs in and he's done well today.
"I thought if he ran in the first three today he'd have run well but he's really found his form."
Johnston said: "He was going so well at halfway that I thought I'd got the trip wrong again, because he did just that at Newmarket and didn't get home.
"It looks like six furlongs is his right trip. I think he was just one of my horses that wasn't right a few weeks ago.
"The Gimcrack at York has got to be a possibility, but I'll look at the entries and I think he's in the Prix Morny as well."
Hannon said of the runner-up: "I'm still very happy with him and he probably wants seven furlongs as it was very soft when he won at Newbury last time.
"He's a bonny little horse and I suppose he'll go for the Gimcrack."