Horse Racing: Flying Finjaan brings his homework to the track.
NOTHING can live with him at home and Finjaan reproduced what he had been showing trainer Marcus Tregoning on the gallops by landing the Betfair Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood yesterday, write Jon Lees and David Carr.
One of the fastest Tregoning has trained, the colt thwarted the late effort of Bonnie Charlie to capture the Group 3 prize and maintain a tradition begun by his former boss Dick Hern.
Hern, who saddled 114 winners at Goodwood, regularly saved his best talent for the Glorious meeting, a policy Tregoning has successfully followed having produced Derby winner Sir Percy to win the Vintage Stakes. Though not bred for Epsom, Finjaan clearly excites Tregoning as a potential star sprinter.
"I have nothing as quick as him at home and I have had to work him with a couple of older horses," he said. "He just needed the other horses to come to him and give him something to race with. Recently I have been thrilled with his work, which is why he was well supported today.
"I like to bring my best horses to Goodwood - you get the best ground here and it is always a great thrill.
"Finjaan is very quick and I think he is pretty useful. He's still a little bit green - he has a bit more to learn yet. We just waited for him to develop and I'm so glad we didn't run him at Ascot. This was the right place to come to."
Ryan Moore's first winner at Royal Ascot did not come until the third afternoon, but the former champion jockey could not have been quicker off the mark this time.
He came from last to first on Saeed Suhail's Gulf Express to take the Bank of Scotland Investment Service Stakes by a length and three-quarters, giving trainer Sir Michael Stoute his fifth victory in the race.
The winner has shown improved form since he has been tried visored on his last two starts, and the owner's racing manager Bruce Raymond said: "That has made him show what we always thought he had."
Moore, who also won the Gordon Stakes on Conduit, completed a treble on the day as first-time blinkered Sanbuch gave Luca Cumani his third victory in the 1m6f Detica Summer Stakes in five years.
The trainer had a one-two as his Bauer was beaten just half a length by the winner, and the runner-up is new favourite for the Ebor next month. He is quoted as short as 6-1 by Ladbrokes after escaping the penalty that his stablemate will have to carry at York.
"The second will go for the Ebor,"
Cumani said. "Sanbuch might have put himself out of the picture with the penalty, but I will have a look and see. With 4lb more you would fancy Bauer to reverse the form."
Former Ebor favourite Milne Graden is now as long as 14-1 after finishing fifth.
Yamal, an unlucky-in-running third at Ascot three days earlier, came out on top in the 1m handicap, and trainer Mark Johnston said: "He is a great advert for running again quickly if they are well. He is in again on Friday, but I don't think he will stay down here."
Winning jockey Greg Fairley was banned for four days (August 12-15) for two separate counts of causing interference.
PETER CHAPPLE-HYAM was fined pounds 290 after one of his staff took electrolytes, a permitted substance, into the Goodwood stable yard without the permission of the vet yesterday.
Ryan Moore, long odds-on for the Racing Post top rider award after his first-day treble Quote of the day (1)
"He will take a lot of beating" - Richard Hannon jnr's accurate assessment of Paco's Boy's chance in the briefing in yesterday's Racing Post
Quote of the day (2)
"In the gates I said to Johnny Murtagh we wouldn't win as the ground was too firm" - jockey Richard Hughes, whose pessimism was confounded by Paco Boy.
Gyr, whose namesake finished second to Nijinsky in the 1970 Derby, won the two-year-old maiden that his half-brother Invincible Spirit took back in 1999
Runners race in the shadow of the grandstand in the 1m6f event won by Sanbuch yesterday EDWARD WHITAKER/RACINGPOSTPIX.CO.UK
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Jul 30, 2008|
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