Monarchs Glen finds the winning groove at Goodwood

Wed 27 Sep 2017

The early-season promise shown by Monarchs Glen finally appeared to resurface at Goodwood on Wednesday after he claimed the most notable victory of his career in the EBF Stallions Foundation Stakes.

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Having looked a potentially top-class colt when making a winning return at Kempton, the son of Frankel had looked anything but straightforward when proving too free for his own good in Group Three and Listed company ahead of having gelding operation before his previous start.

Looking a much more relaxed character, the John Gosden-trained 4-1 shot stuck to the task in tenacious fashion in the mile-and-a-quarter Listed contest to get the better of a protracted battle with What About Carlo by a short head.

Winning jockey Robert Tart said: "He has been a character, but he really stuck at it today, which I liked.

"The ground was good for him and I think the trip over the lay-out of this track suited him better. He settled very well and that was the main thing. I've been riding him from a yearling and loved him then. Everything by Frankel I love."

James Doyle will be chasing Group One glory on both sides of the Channel over the weekend and Setting Sail provided him with a winner in the run-up to a number of lucrative rides when taking the "Get ¼ Odds At 188Bet" Future Stayers' Maiden Stakes by half a length.

He said of the Charlie Appleby-trained even-money favourite: "He ran a good race on his debut. It was just inexperience that caught him out.

"He learned a hell of a lot today. It just got a bit tight for a few strides and that is probably why he wasn't as impressive, as that probably frightened him a little bit."

John Mackie celebrated his first winner at the Sussex track after Lunar Jet (11-2) finally came good at the ninth time of asking when pulling right away from his rivals in the Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC Handicap.

The Church Broughton handler said: "We were not sure if he would go on the soft ground, but Jimmy (Quinn) said he liked it.

"He will make a nice hurdler one day. Personally I would like to leave him this year as I think there is a nice Flat race in him."

Renfrew Street (11-1) may have gained a few more admirers ahead of going under the hammer later in the year after battling back to take the TBA Centenary Fillies' Handicap by a neck, putting a recent Doncaster effort behind her.

Jock Bennett, assistant to winning trainer Mark Johnston, said: "We had to run her last time as she was 'well-in', but she was only beaten just over five lengths and the step back to a mile-six has helped. She is in the sales, but will probably have another run before that."

Performance of the day:

Pastamakesufaster had bumped into a couple of useful rivals on her previous three starts, most notably subsequent Richmond Stakes winner Barraquero on her debut, and the David Evans-trained two-year-old pulled sufficiently clear in the seven-furlong conditions event to suggest she may now be starting to get the hang of things.

Quote of the day:

Tony Proctor, travelling head lad to trainer John Gosden, was quick to sum up Monarchs Glen following his Listed race success: "He is a typical Frankel. They are like Marmite. You either love them or hate them."

Ride of the day:

Charlie Bennett was determined not to be denied aboard Showmethewayavrilo in the six-furlong handicap and having been headed on the Malcolm Saunders-trained gelding, he made the most of being next to stands rail to get his mount back up at the right time.

Tweet of the day:

Although What About Carlo was denied on the line in the feature race, it did nothing to stop trainer Eve Johnson Houghton showing her affection for the six-year-old: "Nooo Carlo just got done on the line @Goodwood_Races. What a legend he is #lovethathorse."

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