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Farhh gave Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor a fifth victory in the Lockinge at Newbury

Updated: Saturday, 18 May 2013 17:17 | Comments

Despite pulling quite hard, Farhh stretched right away to an emphatic victory Farhh's victory gave trainer Saeed bin Suroor a fifth Lockinge victory.
Despite pulling quite hard, Farhh stretched right away to an emphatic victory Farhh's victory gave trainer Saeed bin Suroor a fifth Lockinge victory.

Farhh stepped out of the shadow of the mighty Frankel to claim the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in scintillating fashion.

Twice second to Henry Cecil's superstar in Group 1 events last season, the Saeed bin Suroor-trained colt was gaining a deserved day in the spotlight and was always travelling powerfully in the hands of Silvestre de Sousa.

Asked to quicken over a furlong out as pacemaker Reply gave way, Farhh picked up impressively.

Going further and further clear, De Sousa's mount was four lengths ahead of Sovereign Debt at the line, with Aljamaaheer in third.

Cityscape was one of the first beaten, while 5-4 favourite Declaration Of War was disappointing having been alongside the 100-30 winner through the early stages.

De Sousa, riding his first Group 1 winner in Britain, said: "He definitely deserved to get his head in front.

"He did it in great fashion and travelled so sweetly. He got a bit lonely and I had to give him a slap behind the saddle, but he won very handily and will come on for the run."

Simon Crisford, racing manager to the Godolphin operation, said: "He won really well, it did surprise me as he has been a very difficult horse to train and Saeed has had to tip-toe very quietly with him.

"He's really done that very impressively."

Referring to recent high-profile Godolphin problems, Crisford said: "It's fantastic, particularly after all the problems we have had in the last few weeks.

"It's a major boost to the stable."

On future plans for Farhh, Crisford added: "We were slightly concerned about the (mile) trip today but he did it so well that maybe we will go to the Queen Anne.

"We'll see, we'll weigh up both races (Queen Anne and Prince of Wales's Stakes), keep options open and see what Sheikh Mohammed wants to do.

"He deserved it, he kept on finishing second to the best horse of all time last year, so to see him win a Group 1 was fantastic."

Michael Bell said of 80-1 runner-up Sovereign Debt: "His work at home has always shown he is more a 120 horse than a 110. I wasn't surprised to see him run well. This was a career-best, for sure.

"He is a very exciting horse to have.

"He's in the Queen Anne at Ascot, which I am sure the owner will be keen to have a look at."

Roger Varian said of third home Aljamaaheer: "It was worth coming, I'm quite pleased with that run although we would have preferred to win."

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