The well-bred Game And Set (2f Zoffany – Grace And Four, by Montjeu) will now aim for black-type after gaining her maiden win in authoritative fashion at Newbury.
Placed on both her previous starts, the Andrew Balding-trained filly was dropping back in trip to six furlongs on Friday, with David Probert back on board. He rode the bay prominently and led from two furlongs out, his mount running on strongly to beat the favourite by two lengths, with a further four and a half lengths back to the third horse.
Speaking after the race, the winning jockey said, “Game And Set had some good experience coming into this race and ran well last time at Ascot over seven. She’s on the up. There is a Listed race for her in a fortnight’s time in Germany which we will try and get some black type.”
Owned by Nicholas Jones, Game And Set comes from a family that gets better with age, having been bred by Coln Valley Stud out of a full-sister to the late Fame And Glory. He was unbeaten in two juvenile starts, but raced for another four seasons, winning a total of 14 races, five of them coming at Group 1 level.
Impressive Two-Year-Old Winner For Zoffany
Johan (2c Zoffany – Sandreamer, by Oasis Dream) ran out an impressive winner of the Novice Stakes at Lingfield on Saturday, continuing a excellent few days for his sire Zoffany.
Just a day after Dolphin Vista (Zoffany) gained his second Stakes success, Johan was sent off favourite following his debut fourth last month. The William Haggas-trained colt made virtually all the running under Tom Marquand and was pushed along to maintain the advantage from two furlongs out. Drawing clear inside the final furlong, he beat the second favourite Rovaniemi by three and a half lengths, with another two lengths back to the third horse.
Bred and owned by Jon and Julia Aisbitt, Johan is the third foal and second winner out of Listed scorer Sandreamer. Zoffany commands €25,000 at Coolmore Stud.
Second Stakes Success For Son Of Zoffany
Dolphin Vista (6g Zoffany – Fiordiligi, by Mozart) gained the second black-type win of his career when taking the Listed Prix Defi du Galop at Clairefontaine on Friday.
The Ralph Beckett-trained bay won a Listed race at Ayr at the end of last season and on his trip to France, returned to the nine furlong trip of his Cambridgeshire Handicap victory in 2017. Racing on his preferred softer conditions, he tracked the leaders under Christophe Soumillon and was asked to challenge turning for home. Asserting two furlongs out, he stayed on well to beat the favourite Stunning Spirit by three parts of a length.
The now seven-time winner is owned by Y Nasib and was bred by Jim McDonald. He is a half-brother to five-time winner Celtic Filly (Footstepsinthesand), while his unraced dam is a half-sister to Japanese Listed winner Bayreuth.
Son Of Zoffany Pounces Late To Land Valuable Prize
Fayez (5g Zoffany – Gems, by Haafhd) pounced late to land the valuable Unibet Handicap on Monday, the very first race of the 2019 Glorious Goodwood festival.
Held up in a field of 16 by Danny Tudhope, David O’Meara’s charge still had plenty to do over a furlong out, but had to bide his time until a gap appeared. Racing up the rail inside the final furlong, he led close home to score by half a length.
The ten furlong contest provided Fayez with his ninth career success, eight of which have come for Nawton Racing. Bred by Siobhan Ryan, he is a half-brother to recent Group 2 Superlative Stakes winner Mystery Power (No Nay Never) and Group 3 second Seaella.