Hawksmoor (right) runs down Fireglow close home at Goodwood
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Report: Goodwood, Saturday
888sport Prestige Stakes (Group 3) 7f, 2yo fillies
HAWKSMOOR overcame a slow start and trouble in running to collar long-time leader Fireglow in the final stride and keep the good times rolling for Hugo Palmer and Harry Bentley.
Palmer was bullish about the chances of a filly he thinks the world of in the build-up to the race, and he was proved correct as Hawksmoor managed to win despite showing greenness and not getting the run of the race.
She missed the break under Bentley and was behind a wall of horses turning for home as Franny Norton kicked clear having dictated matters on the rail aboard the clear form pick Fireglow.
Hawksmoor seemed a little outpaced at different stages but once Bentley found racing room his charge came through willingly, and made up significant late ground to meet Fireglow on the line and gain the verdict following a photo-finish.
Bentley is enjoying a fine time of things this season, showing a profit of over £100 to a £1 stake, and said: “I was stuck behind the wrong horse but once she’s got some room she’s picked up really well. I thought she’d be a convincing second 50 yards out but she flew and I just thought she’d got there.
“The ground is massive for her and she’s always shown a lot at home. The obvious thing will be to step her up to a mile now.”
It was a second Group 3 success of the year for Bentley on a Palmer-trained filly – the first came aboard New Providence, who could turn a good day into a great one for Palmer and winning owner Chris Humber when she chases Grade 2 riches at Saratoga tonight.
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