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Chachamaidee a Knockout in Lennox Stakes

1 Chachamaidee 5/4F
2 Libranno 11/2
3 Mac Love 40/1
7 ran Distances: 1½l, shd, 2l
TIME 1m 26.82s (slow by 2.52s)

Sir Henry Cecil completed a quick 7.44/1 double on the opening day of Glorious Goodwood when Noble Mission’s victory was complemented by that of Chachamaidee in the featured bet365 Lennox Stakes.

Strong Suit
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Strong Suit

Tom Queally was in the saddle once again, this time wearing the colours of owner Tony Evans, who has a background in insurance and lives in Brighton.

Evans said: “I’ve always liked racing and bought my first horse about seven years ago. Pippa Greene, who was trained by Paul Cole, won for us, but the other horses have been the sort to run in class 6 hurdle races at Worcester!

“This mare has been fantastic and we also have an unraced two-year-old by Teofilo with Sir Henry.

“It’s great to have a winner at Glorious Goodwood and Chachamaidee won here last year when taking the [Group Three] Oak Tree Stakes on the Friday. Now she’s won a Group Three and a Group Two so it would be nice to win a Group One - she has plenty of entries and I’ve spoken to Sir Henry about possibilities, but I’ll leave the decisions to him.”

Sir Henry’s wife, Jane, was present, although her husband is not at Glorious Goodwood this week following treatment for cancer. Lady Cecil said: “He’s had treatment and following that your immune system is not as robust, so he’s just being sensible and staying at home.”

Tom Queally, who is set to partner red-hot favourite Frankel in tomorrow’s QIPCO Sussex Stakes, said: “She was just a little bit slowly away. She was a bit unlucky at Ascot over a mile but, over seven furlongs, it’s nice that we finally hit the bullseye.

“They went a lovely gallop and it suited me. She quickened up nicely, she has got a great turn of foot, and it’s always nice to get winners like this at these sorts of meetings.

“Fillies have a bad enough record in this race, so it was nice for a mare like her to win it.”


Bet365 Lennox Stakes
£140000.00 added, 3yo plus, 7f, Class 1
7 ran
Going: Good

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Sir H R A Cecil
T P Queally
8st 13lbs
5 - 4
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 2lbs
11 - 2
1 1/2 length
Mac Love
R Charlton
J Doyle
9st 2lbs
40 - 1
Short Head
W J Haggas
R L Moore
9st 2lbs
13 - 2
2 lengths
Foxtrot Romeo
B Smart
T Eaves
8st 9lbs
15 - 2
Majestic Myles
R A Fahey
P Hanagan
9st 2lbs
8 - 1
Edinburgh Knight
P W D'Arcy
William Buick
9st 2lbs
13 - 2
1/2 length



Trainer Richard Hannon was delighted with Libranno’s run when finishing second in the bet365 Lennox Stakes.

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“We had a bit of trouble in running, which you expect around here, and although the winner was always going to win I think we might have been a better second than we were,” said Hannon.

“Richard (Hughes) said he’s as tough as nails, which he is, and I might stick him in the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp in October. The seven furlongs there would suit him.”

The 11-year-old Mac Love looked as good as ever when finishing third, thrilling trainer Roger Charlton.

“Faster ground would have suited him even better and he ran a fantastic race,” said Charlton. “It was his 77th start and it’s amazing to think he was seventh behind Iffraaj in this race six years ago and the winner is a stallion now.

“If James Doyle had got off and said the horse wasn’t happy we would have called it a day but he is enjoying it so we will keep going.”

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