Qatar Lennox Stakes
Group 2, Goodwood 15:00
£312,000 added,
3yo plus,
7f, Class 1
  
Tuesday 31st July 2018

1 Sir Dancealot 5/1JF
2 Suedois 7/1
3 Breton Rock 20/1
12 ran Distances: shd, hd, nk
Time: 1m 27.08s (slow by 3.08s)

Sir Dancelot comes from last to win in a photo finish

Sir Dancealot
© Racehorse Photos
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
 
The David Elsworth-trained Sir Dancealot, the 5/1 joint-favourite, got up in the shadows of the post to land the G2 Qatar Lennox Stakes.
 
The four-year-old son of Sir Prancealot endured a troubled passage throughout the home straight in the seven-furlong contest under Gerald Mosse, but once finding room a furlong from home, the bay gelding showed a tremendous turn of foot to score by a short-head from David O'Meara's Suedois in second.
 
The David Simcock-trained Breton Rock, the 2017 winner, was head behind in third.
 
Newmarket trainer Elsworth said: "He got into more trouble than I get into down the pub on a Saturday night after I have had a few. Sir Dancealot would have been a very unlucky loser.

"I describe Sir Dancealot to the owners as like a tennis ball. He is bouncing up, going up, and I just wondered if he had reached the point of equilibrium - whether he had stopped or was even coming down. His level of form has been very good, which gave him a very good chance today.

"Four was a difficult draw for a horse who needs to be taken back a little bit and relaxed - he wants to do his running in the second half of the race. Gerald had a problem getting organised and everyone is trying to win. Whether the gaps materialise - a lot of good luck and good fortune is involved.

"We got lucky in the end but I feel he would have been an unlucky loser. We better be gracious in victory and say that it was a scramble.

"We had a crack at a G1 with him the other day and there are lots of races open to him. I put him in the Hungerford Stakes today.

"He is gelded now - he seemed to hang a little under pressure last year and, whether the gelding has helped because his undescended testicle seemed to cause him some discomfort. He is going very straight this year and I am sure it has helped him enormously.

"Winners gave every trainer satisfaction and it's nice to be associated with good horses."

David O'Meara, trainer of the second home Suedois, said: "He has run a blinder - there isn't really much more to add."
 
Danny Tudhope, rider of the seven-year-old, added: "That was another good run. He has taken a step forward - he always takes a step forward at this time off year."
 
David Simcock, trainer of the third Breton Rock, commented: "I'm delighted with the way he ran. For an old boy, he's run his heart out. He doesn't let us down very often and for a moment we thought he might win but we're very pleased with third place."
 
Martin Harley, the third's jockey, added: "I'm very pleased with the way he ran - he ran a good race. He obviously likes it here at Goodwood. I would have preferred to follow someone for a little bit longer, I tried to sit on him for as long as I could because I didn't want to get their too soon, but he deserves a lot of credit. He's not getting any younger, but he's still got it."

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Qatar Lennox Stakes, Group 2
£312,000 added, 3yo plus, 7f, Class 1
12 ran
Going: Good

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Trainer Age
1st (4) Sir Dancealot (IRE) 5/1j G Mosse
9-3
D R C Elsworth 4
2nd (8) s.h Suedois (FR) 7/1 D Tudhope
9-3
D O'Meara 7
3rd (3) hd Breton Rock (IRE) 20/1 M Harley
9-3
D M Simcock 8
4th (12) nk Donjuan Triumphant (IRE) 33/1 Oisin Murphy
9-3
A M Balding 5
5th (6) 1 D'Bai (IRE) 11/2 W Buick
9-3
C Appleby 4
6th (1) ½ Spirit of Valor (USA) 8/1 R L Moore
9-3
A P O'Brien 4
7th (11) hd Dutch Connection 12/1 James Doyle
9-3
C Hills 6
8th (10) ¾ Karar 20/1 Gregory Benoist
9-3
F H Graffard 6
9th (2) ¾ Here Comes When (IRE) 20/1 Jim Crowley
9-3
A M Balding 8
10th (5) nse Emmaus (IRE) 7/1 Andrea Atzeni
9-3
R Varian 4
11th (7) So Beloved 16/1 P Makin
9-3
D O'Meara 8
12th (9) Tip Two Win 5/1j David Probert
8-10
R A Teal 3