Bahrain Trophy
Group 2, Newmarket
£80,000 added,
3yo only,
1m 5f, Class 1
Thursday 10th July 2014

1 Hartnell 9/4
2 Windshear 2/1J
3 Forever Now 2/1J
NR: Bunker (IRE), Odeon
6 ran Distances: 2¾l, 3l, 1¾l
TIME 2m 46.29s (slow by 6.29s)

Hartnell wins the Group 3 Bahrain Trophy, Joe Fanning doing the business from the front on the Mark Johnston colt

© Racehorse Photos


Hartnell followed up his win in the Queen's Vase with an all-the-way success at Newmarket.

Stepping back in trip, Joe Fanning was able to dictate his own pace at the head of affairs and never really looked like being hauled back.

Sent off at 9-4, his main market rivals were John Gosden's Forever Now and Richard Hannon's Windshear but the latter was one of the first in trouble before running on again to claim second.

Quotes were soon on offer for the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on September 13.

Fanning said: "He's won well today, he kept straight and at the two-pole I thought it would take a good one to get by me. He quickened up well. He gave me a better feel today than at Ascot. There was a bit more juice in the ground - when he ran last year in France it was heavy ground."

Trainer Mark Johnston said: "Joe said he gave him a much better feel there than he did at Ascot. He wonders a little bit now whether the two miles there was stretching him a little bit.

"He burst clear so comfortably at Ascot and said today that two down he couldn't see anything getting past him. He had plenty left in the tank, he never flicked his stick at all and the horse went as straight as a gun barrel. That's the horse we thought we had.

"The St Leger has got to be the target. We were thinking of that even at the beginning of the year. Ground may be an issue as he has run his best races with some cut in the ground, so maybe it was a bit too fast for him at Lingfield and at Ascot perhaps. The Leger has to be the number one target."

Hannon is also thinking of Doncaster for the runner-up.

He said: "He ran a good race and stays the trip well, but I think the race at Ascot (second to Elite Army in the King George V Stakes) left its mark a bit. He'll have a break now. We can still look at the Leger later on, there's no reason why not."

Third was Forever Now, and Gosden said: "He didn't like the ground, which has come loose on top."

Mathematician Betting

Bahrain Trophy (Group 3)
£80,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 5f, Class 1
6 ran
Good to Firm (Good in places)

M Johnston
J Fanning
9st 1lbs
9 - 4
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 1lbs
2 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
Forever Now
J H M Gosden
W Buick
9st 1lbs
2 - 1
3 lengths
Honor Bound
R M Beckett
Jim Crowley
8st 12lbs
25 - 1
1 3/4 length
The Corsican
D M Simcock
M Harley
9st 1lbs
20 - 1
8 lengths
Vent De Force
H Morrison
R L Moore
9st 1lbs
12 - 1
14 lengths
J G Given
G Lee
9st 1lbs
R Hannon
L Dettori
9st 1lbs