Goodwood: Barnet gains consolation for sprint king Nicholls

Barnet Fair - Cam Hardie wins

Barnet Fair: recent Ascot runner-up goes one better at Goodwood

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Report: Goodwood, Saturday Handicap 6f, 3yo+

BARNET FAIR just prevailed in a three-way finish across the track to claim the 32Red Stewards’ Cup consolation race at Glorious Goodwood.

The well-backed 7-1 winner, trained by David Nicholls and ridden by Cam Hardie, came from stall five, while Mission Approved (18), Tatlisu (17) and Slip Sliding Away (11) emerged from the stands’ side group to fill the placings. Humidor, like the winner drawn low in four, grabbed fifth.

A total of ten non-runners, including five of the seven highest drawn runners, depleted the line-up but the 18-runner field split into two groups before they came together in the final two furlongs.

Barnet Fair, who raced up the far rail throughout, was gaining compensation for his spirited second at Ascot last time.

Hardie, who rode his first winner at the meeting, said: “We were going to bring him here earlier in the week but the owners wanted to give him more time.

“He was a little keen early on and I needed to get some cover and get him switched off. He travelled sweetly in the race and he actually idled a bit in front.”

After riding in the race, James Doyle described the ground as “quick, quicker than yesterday”. The official description is good to firm.


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