John Gosden juveniles dominate Newbury undercard

Sat 23 Sep 2017

By staff

John Gosden dominated the opening exchanges at Newbury on Saturday when his juvenile duo of Fennaan and Emaraaty graced the winners' enclosure.

Fennaan put his previous experience to good use in the first division of the Wedgewood Estates EBF Novice Stakes at Newbury.

After finishing a promising fifth on his debut at Kempton earlier this month, the John Gosden-trained two-year-old stepped up on that effort to claim the seven-furlong contest.

Pressing on together with newcomer Alfarqad just outside the furlong pole, the son of Footstepsinthesand soon moved on before holding fast-finishing favourite Sam Gold by a head.

Joint-owner Khalid Al Mudhaf said: "We were hopeful before the race. On his debut on the all-weather, he was very green which was obvious in the race as he made eyecatching headway to finish fifth.

"He learnt a lot from that but you never know what will happen in an end-of-season maiden like this. I am sure the second and third are very good horses.

"He seems a scopey horse and he will be better as a three-year-old. We might just put him away."

Emaraaty paid back a small slice of the 2.6 million guineas laid out for him with an authoritative success in the second division.

The 4-9 favourite barely had to come out of second gear to build on his debut fourth at Sandown and claim top honours by two and a half lengths.

Paddy Power trimmed the winner, who completed a quickfire across-the-card treble for Gosden, from 40-1 into 33-1 for next year's Qipco 2000 Guineas.

Gosden said: "He got a bump leaving the gate and that slightly set him alight. Jim (Crowley) thought he would let him use his stride and he relaxed well in front and picked up well.

"He had an interesting first race. The first race didn't go well, but this one was fine. He is a very promising horse costing all that money and he has a bit of class about him.

"We will see if he runs again this year or whether we wait for the spring. He certainly has a lot of natural speed."

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