Footstepsinthesand Colt Completes Hat-Trick
Governor Of Punjab (2c Footstepsinthesand – Simla Bibi, by Indian Ridge) completed a hat-trick of wins when producing a late challenge in Thursday’s competitive two-year-old contest at Glorious Goodwood.
The Mark Johnston-trained colt suffered a bad start to the race, becoming short of room and being hampered early in the seven furlong test. Recovering to race in midfield, he was ridden to make headway over a furlong out and switched left under Ryan Moore to lead well inside the final furlong. Running on strongly, he won by a length, as Sword Beach (Ivawood) finished well to take second.
Speaking after the race, Mark Johnston commented, “Ryan was saying Governor Of Punjab is a lovely horse who’s doing everything right but that we shouldn’t lose sight that because of his size there should be more to come from him next year.”
Owned by Rob Ferguson, Governor Of Punjab was bred by Mrs Joan Murphy and is a half-brother to two Stakes horses.
Nayef Road Leads Home Galileo 1-2 In Gordon Stakes
Nayef Road (3c Galileo – Rose Bonheur, by Danehill Dancer) continued Mark Johnston’s tremendous record at the Goodwood Festival when taking the Group 3 Gordon Stakes.
Thursday saw the colt drop back in trip to a mile and a half following a fine second in the Group 3 Bahrain Trophy and a third in the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot. Silvestre De Sousa rode him to chase the leaders, moving upsides over three furlongs out and leading from the two furlong pole. Constantinople (Galileo) loomed on the inside, the pair battling to the line, where Nayef Road prevailed by a neck.
A Classic tilt may now be on the cards for the winner according to Johnston, who said, “The St Leger has to be the target and we’ll keep an open mind on that. We think Nayef Road is better over further than today’s trip, so while the Voltigeur Stakes is a possibility, he could go straight to the Leger.” Johnston could have more than one runner in the Leger, with fellow Goodwood winner Sir Ron Priestley (Australia) also holding an entry.
Owned by Mohamed Obaida and bred by BV Sangster, Nayef Road is the best performer out of the dual Listed winner Rose Bonheur (Danehill Dancer). She, in turn, is the highest-rated produce of Red Feather, a Group 3 winner and runner-up in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes.
More To Come From Australia Colt After Maiden Win
Bodyline (2c Australia – Eurirs, by Indian Ridge) looks a horse to look forward to after winning his second start at Epsom on Thursday.
The bay raced towards the back of the field under Ryan Tate and began to improve in the straight, though he showed signs of inexperience as he chased down the leader. Staying on well, he led close home and won by half a length.
Trained by Sir Mark Prescott for Tim Bunting, Bodyline becomes the sixth winner bred by Razza Del Velino out of Eurirs, who has a yearling colt by Gleneagles. She has produced four Stakes horses including dual black-type winners Reset In Blue (Fastnet Rock) and Romantic Wave (Rock Of Gibraltar), who also placed at Group 1 level.
Bodyline was bought by Barry Lynch at the Tattersalls Book 1 Sale for 92,000gns.
Son Of Mastercraftsman Continues On The Improve
Paths Of Glory (4g Mastercraftsman – Pacific Rim, by Singspiel) continued on an upward curve when justifying favoritism in the mile and a half maiden at Ffos Las on Thursday.
Third on debut last month and a close second last time out, he faced eight rivals on his first start on firmer ground. Jack Mitchell rode the grey to track the leader for much of the way, asserting from the three furlong pole and was shaken up two furlongs out. Staying on well, he had a two length advantage inside the final furlong and though All Yours did his best to rein him in, he could only narrow the gap to a neck on the line, as they finished eight lengths clear of the third.
Jack Mitchell commented after the race, “The ground is a lot quicker than described. Paths Of Glory didn’t really like it at all. He has done it well enough, considering these were not ideal conditions.”
Trained by Hugo Palmer for China Horse Club, Paths Of Glory was bred by Dayton Investments out of Group 2 winner Pacific Rim. She was sold in foal to Zoffany for €680,000 to Narvick International as part of the Wildenstein Dispersal at Goffs.
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