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Requinto Swoops to Land Molecomb Stakes

1 Requinto 6/1
2 Burwaaz 7/1
3 Charles The Great 8/1
NR: Hidden Passion (USA)
13 ran Distances: 1¼l, nk, nk
TIME 57.51s (slow by 0.41s)

Ireland chalked up a Glorious Goodwood winner when Requinto scored for trainer David Wachman in the bet365 Molecomb Stakes.

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Ridden by Wayne Lordan, who wore the colours of Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier and Derrick Smith, Requinto emerged from stall 14 next to the rails, but was switched to the middle of the track for a final-furlong flourish that carried him clear of runner-up Burwaaz and third-placed Charles The Great. It was a first winner at Goodwood for both trainer and jockey.

Lordan said: “This fellow has shown lots of pace in Ireland but he was going half flat out here today because they went very quick.

"I was just trying to hang on a small bit for the end. There were a few horses in front of me, so I pulled him out to give him a bit of daylight. After all they’re all only two-year-olds and it was only his fifth start. He went a length clear and did it well.

“Five furlongs suit him best - at home we’ve often thought six would be fine, but five is best. He’s very straightforward, a lovely horse and a child could ride him. He just does everything at his own pace.

“He is an improving horse. He has a good mind as well, so everything is grand.

“This is my first Glorious Goodwood winner and I had my first winner at Royal Ascot last month, so I am delighted.

“We feel as though we’re on top with our two-year-olds [at Wachman’s stables] so we’re hoping for a good season.”

Kevin Buckley, who represents Coolmore Stud in Britain and therefore acts for the winning trio of owners, said: “David is at Galway today saddling runners. They went incredibly quick and he was tapped for a stride, but he’s inherited a lot of speed from his dam, Damson [winner of the Queen Mary and Phoenix Stakes], who was very fast. He’s picked up a lot of attributes from her, and the sire [Dansili].

“He would be better suited by faster ground, but he’s very good at this trip. David will make the decisions once the horse gets home, but could he be a candidate for the Flying Childers, possibly?”


Starting Price
Beaten Distance
D Wachman
W M Lordan
9st 0lbs
6 - 1
E A L Dunlop
R Hills
9st 0lbs
7 - 1
1 1/4 length
Charles The Great
A M Balding
J Fortune
9st 0lbs
8 - 1
Crown Dependency
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 0lbs
10 - 3
On The Dark Side
K A Ryan
P Makin
8st 11lbs
33 - 1
M Johnston
S De Sousa
8st 11lbs
14 - 1
Stonefield Flyer
K Dalgleish
T Eaves
9st 0lbs
7 - 1
Short Head
Boris Grigoriev
A P O'Brien
R L Moore
9st 0lbs
15 - 2
3 lengths
Miss Work of Art
R A Fahey
P Hanagan
8st 11lbs
10 - 1
Church Music
K A Ryan
R Mullen
9st 0lbs
33 - 1
Pyman's Theory
Tom Dascombe
R Kingscote
8st 11lbs
16 - 1
1 1/2 length
Powerful Wind
R Harris
L Morris
9st 0lbs
100 - 1
3 3/4 lengths
Chunky Diamond
P W Chapple-Hyam
Jack Mitchell
9st 0lbs
33 - 1
10 lengths
Hidden Passion
B J Meehan
Non Runner
8st 11lbs



Trainer Ed Dunlop believes Burwaaz ran into a high-class performer when losing out by a length and a quarter to Requinto in the bet365 Molecomb Stakes.

“We were slammed by a very good horse (Harbour Watch) at Newmarket last time and I believe we’ll see him in the Richmond Stakes and we were beaten by another very good one here. But our’s ran a very good race,” said Dunlop.

Andrew Balding is likely to step third-placed Charles The Great up in trip. “The draw meant he probably ended up racing on the slower part of the track but that’s the way it goes,” said Balding. “I’m keen to try him over six furlongs and he’s in the Middle Park and Mill Reef. I will discuss with the owners about where we go next.”

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