Fayez fashions Goodwood success

Late rattle sees O’Meara runner come out on top

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Fayez gained his first win on turf away from his beloved Ripon when getting up in the closing strides to claim victory in the Unibet Handicap at Goodwood.

Weaving his way through rivals, the David O’Meara-trained five-year-old found daylight close to the far rail, before hitting the front deep inside the final furlong and holding the equally fast-finishing Jazeel at bay by half a length.

O’Meara said of the 25-1 winner: “We went out not with huge expectations. This horse has done a lot of winning around Ripon and it seems that track brings the best out of him.

“He is a horse that needs to be put to sleep and hunt away with, and it either works out or not. If he had got stopped it would not be the end of the world.

“He has had a really good year this horse. When things work out for him he can be very good, but he needs a lot of luck in running and he got it today.

“This is about his best trip.”

Having thrilled the crowd with his win in the Goodwood Cup on Stradivarius, Frankie Dettori bagged a first-day double as Cobra Eye justified 15-8 favouritism in the European Breeders Fund EBF Maiden Stakes.

Trained by John Quinn for the ever-expanding Phoenix Thoroughbred team, the winner had finished second at Haydock on his debut and showed the benefit of that experience.

Pushed all the way inside the final furlong by Ryan Moore on Mark Johnston’s newcomer Fuwayrit, Cobra Eye prevailed by a short-head.

“I didn’t know we’d won. I knew two strides before the line we were behind, but that man got him up somehow,” said Quinn.

“We use him when we can, he’s probably the best jockey in the world. Ray Cochrane (Dettori’s agent) actually rang us for him to ride this so it’s well done Ray.

“He’s a very nice horse. He’s a little bit raw so we won’t overdo him. He’s a nice pedigree and he might want another furlong. He only made his debut 11 days ago, so he’s done well.”

There was another tight finish in the Chelsea Barracks Handicap, with Green Power getting up late under PJ McDonald to deny Poyle Vinnie.

Having his first run over five furlongs since this meeting last year, the 16-1 chance picked up well close home to give John Gallagher a decent winner.

Gallagher said: “There is a five-furlong race there (Shergar Cup), so I think we will go have a look at that. He seems to like Ascot and Goodwood, which isn’t a bad thing.”

McDonald then made it a double when Charlie Fellowes’ Maid For Life (12-1) sprouted wings close home to deny the brave Warning Fire in the Unibet Fillies’ Handicap.

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