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Toro strike proves notable for Fahey at Goodwood

Toro Strike boosted his chances of contesting the Breeders’ Cup with a record-breaking performance in the Weatherbys Hamilton Supreme Stakes at Goodwood.

The four-year-old covered the seven furlongs in one minute 23.62 seconds to take the Group Three prize and go one better than 12 months ago.

Toro Strike was the first leg of a 15-minute across-the-card double for trainer Richard Fahey, with the victory of the Al Shaqab Racing-owned colt seeing the North Yorkshire handler reach 100 winners for the 14th year in a row – and it was not long before Kingson made it 101 at Beverley.

The son of Toronado was steered home by Ryan Moore, who was in action in New York on Saturday night when he was second on the Aidan O’Brien-trained Japan in the Grade One Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga.

He delivered the 7-2 shot with a powerful run to storm past Double Or Bubble in the final furlong and land the spoils by two lengths.

“That’s the 14th year in a row we’ve had 100 winners, it’s amazing,” said Fahey.

“Toro Strike just loves fast ground. We’ve been a bit unlucky with him. Sometimes we’ve entered him and it’s not worked out. On his day he’s pretty smart – when he gets everything right and comes off a strong pace it always seems to suit him.

“The Breeders’ Cup has been discussed. I’ve been talking about it with Alison (Begley, Al Shaqab’s racing manager), but we needed a good performance to get in it. We think it would suit him well.

“The Foret, you imagine, the ground (at ParisLongchamp) would be too slow for him. He loves quick ground and he seems to want a bit of time between his races.”

Atalanta’s Boy (10-1) registered a fifth course success when winning the tote.co.uk Handicap for the second year running.

David Menuisier’s seasoned sprinter broke well from the stalls to lead early and maintain the gallop to score by half a length from Able Kane in the hands of 3lb claimer Thomas Greatrex.

Menuisier said: “He’s had his issues with stalls and being a bit too wound up before his races, so we’ve been working hard on this in the last month and it’s paid off. I’m delighted.

Atalanta’s Boy registers a fifth win over Goodwood's six furlongs
Atalanta’s Boy registers a fifth win over Goodwood’s six furlongs (Steven Paston/PA)

“He loves the course, he goes on any ground. Unfortunately he is his own worst enemy when he loses concentration, but on a good day he’s very hard to beat.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do next because of his problems with the stalls, so we take it step by step. I would probably avoid those big handicaps from now on and keep him in smaller handicaps or even try him in better opposition.

“He could go to France. Sometimes those races can be a bit weak at times. I’d be happy to try him there.”

Able Kane’s jockey Oisin Murphy was banned for two days (September 12 and 13) for using his whip above the permitted level in the final two furlongs.

Berkshire Rebel (right) nails the odds-on Firth Of Clyde to make a winning debut in the  tote EBF Restricted Maiden Stakes at Goodwood
Berkshire Rebel (right) nails the odds-on Firth Of Clyde to make a winning debut in the tote EBF Restricted Maiden Stakes at Goodwood (Steven Paston/PA)

Murphy made amends on Berkshire Rebel (9-1), who caused a surprise on his debut when overturning 4-7 favourite Firth Of Clyde in the tote EBF Restricted Maiden Stakes.

Andrew Balding’s Sir Percy colt got the verdict by a short head after a terrific tussle in the closing stages of the one-mile event.

The champion jockey doubled up on Aggagio (13-8) in the tote.co.uk Selling Stakes for trainer Sophie Leech.

The three-year-old gelding was snapped up for 23,000 guineas afterwards as an “impulse buy” by Gary Robinson – whose wife was in the toilet at the time and returned slightly bemused at the news.

Archie Watson’s Luna Magic (4-1) was awarded the tote Placepot First Bet Of The Day Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap following an inquiry after being beaten a short head by first past the post Zlatan, trained by Ed de Giles.

The stewards found Zlatan had drifted left-handed carrying Luna Magic, ridden by Brodie Hampson, off his intended line. The placings were reversed and Zlatan’s jockey Sophie Smith was handed a two-day ban for careless riding.

Robert Havlin was another jockey to be handed a two-day ban for using his whip above the permitted level, after winning the Chichester City Handicap on Highland Rocker (2-1) for John and Thady Gosden.

Double Or Bubble up for Goodwood challenge

Chris Wall felt he had to “roll the dice” with Double Or Bubble while conditions still suit in the Weatherbys Hamilton Supreme Stakes at Goodwood on Sunday.

A Listed winner last time out at Pontefract over six furlongs, she steps up in distance this time and is taking on the boys, but Wall decided she would be better off running this weekend with the ground on the fast side.

“The small field certainly won’t be a hindrance. It just didn’t look the strongest Group Three ever run and while we could have waited for the Sceptre Stakes against the fillies at Doncaster, there’s a chance the ground will have gone by then,” said Wall.

“I wouldn’t have thought that would be any easier than this and while we have to improve a bit, on the best of her form she should be competitive, so we thought we’d roll the dice and give it a go.

“She won over six last time, but she has won over seven so the distance isn’t a problem and while we know she has to improve a bit, we’ll see if we can find her level. Hopefully she’s still improving.”

Three three-year-olds line up in Mehmento, Rhoscolyn and Tactical, with Richard Fahey’s Toro Strike also running, along with Onassis, who finished to good effect in second in the Oak Tree Stakes over course and distance last time out.

Onassis was a Royal Ascot winner last year
Onassis was a Royal Ascot winner last year (Megan Ridgwell/PA)

“She loves Goodwood,” said her trainer Charlie Fellowes. “She is very well balanced and she has a very good record at Goodwood where seven furlongs is perfect.

“She has been knocking on the door at winning a Group race and if things fall right and they go a good gallop, then she will go with a massive chance on Sunday.

“She is a very good filly with the kind of pedigree that I don’t often get a chance to train. She is as tough as anything. She is a pleasure to train with a wonderful attitude.

“She is a Royal Ascot and dual Listed winner and I am absolutely certain she can win a Group race.

“She will definitely be retired at the end of the year. She is worth a lot of money as a broodmare but we would love to win a Group race before then and we have our eyes on hopefully going out with a bang in the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp.”