Japan Racing Association Vintage Stakes
Group 2, Goodwood 14:25
£150,000 guaranteed,
2yo only,
7f, Class 1
Tuesday 26th July 2022


1 Marbaan 14/1
2 Holloway Boy 11/8F
3 Mysterious Night 9/2
9 ran Distances: ½l, 2l, 2¼l
Time: 1m 26.46s (slow by 2.56s)

The Charlie Fellowes-trained Marbaan, a son of Oasis Dream, was virtually ignored in the betting market, despite heading here on the back of two novice wins. 

He was given a typically patient ride by Jamie Spencer, who last won the Vintage Stakes 20 years ago on Dublin, timed his challenge to perfection, picking off market leader Holloway Boy in the final 50 yards to score by half a length. Mysterious Night was two lengths further back in third.

Fellowes said: “We have always thought a lot of Marbaan and it was a real boost over the winter to be sent horses by Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum. Marbaan has stood out from the get-go.

“He was a really good-looking yearling who has just progressed and progressed. We put him in at the deep end today and I loved it when we got drawn nine of nine, which is exactly what you want to see!

“We've had a rough season, but to have a winner at Goodwood for such an important owner on a wonderful day of racing is phenomenal. It means a huge amount to me and the team who have worked unbelievably hard, and it was a wonderful ride from Jamie.

“Training at the moment is as difficult as it ever has been. There is a lot of competition and a lot of talented young trainers coming through as well. This for some reason has been a hard year for us, but all credit to the team who have kept on delivering and hopefully we can have a big second half of the year.

"I genuinely have no idea where we will go. I will sit down and take a breath. He was a novice winner until half an hour ago and, although we have always thought a lot of him, making any further plans was always going to be difficult.

"I put him in the Champagne Stakes this morning and he is in the National Stakes in Ireland. There are lots of lovely options for him and he now warrants a trip anywhere. I will speak to Sheikh Ahmed and his team and see where they want to go.”

Spencer said: “Marbaan has always been a smart horse. I liked him from the first time I sat on him. My only fear today was the draw.

“To be fair to Charlie, he said to take our medicine rather than trying to go forward and get in. We would rather him coming home, instead of being stuck on the outside and learning nothing.

“I knew down by the three-furlong pole that I was running away and Danny [Tudhope] on Holloway Boy was starting to squeeze, so I just timed my run. Marbaan is a gorgeous looking horse and I'm sure he'll stay a mile.

“He has progressed with each run and needs to progress again. You would think physically he should do so and it's down to Charlie and his team. I'm sure the autumn races will be there for him.”

Karl Burke said of the second: “Holloway Boy ran really well. He got messed around a little bit in the run early doors, which didn’t help. He has pulled a front right shoe off as well, which again wouldn’t have helped him. But from three out, no excuses, the winner just had a little bit more turn of foot. 

“Danny [jockey Daniel Tudhope] says he feels like a top-class horse. He has a great cruising speed, although he just lacks that little bit of speed at the important end of the race. But he’s run a great race and all credit to the winner for cutting us down.”

Charlie Appleby said of the third Mysterious Night: “I am pleased. He has stepped up to seven [furlongs] and saw the trip out well. It was a nice competitive race for us and we will be pitching him at that level again over that trip. It was an encouraging run and we hope he can progress further going on for the rest of the season.”

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Japan Racing Association Vintage Stakes
£150,000 guaranteed, 2yo only, 7f, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

1 (9)     Marbaan 2 9-3 Charlie Fellowes Jamie Spencer 14/1
2 (4)
½ Holloway Boy 2 9-3 K R Burke Daniel Tudhope 11/8F
3 (7)
2 Mysterious Night 2 9-3 Charlie Appleby William Buick 9/2
1 (2) Dandy Man Shines 2 9-3 William Jarvis Tom Marquand 40/1
3 (5)
nse Dear My Friend 2 9-3 Charlie & Mark Johnston Franny Norton 5/1
5 (3)
Galeron 2 9-3 Charles Hills Kieran Shoemark 10/1
7 (8)
Jiffy Boy 2 9-3 Robyn Brisland David Probert 80/1
4 (6)
Dornoch Castle 2 9-3 Charlie & Mark Johnston Cieren Fallon 6/1
2 (1)
Dark Thirty 2 9-3 Richard Hannon Ryan Moore 16/1