Concluding contest goes to Ventura Diamond
Ventura Diamond (Richard Fahey/Oisin Murphy) showed a very willing attitude to land the final race on day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the six-furlong British European Breeders Fund EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
The two-year-old daughter of Dandy Man stayed on well to overhaul leader and 2/1 favourite Sarsaparilla (John Gosden/James Doyle) in the final furlong and then held the late challenge of Illykato (Mick Channon/Charles Bishop, 25/1) to win by a length.
Winning jockey Oisin Murphy said: “Ventura Diamond ran well at Sandown [when fourth on debut over five furlongs on 21 July].
“Richard thought she would go very close and she is a filly with a lot of scope, so we are really pleased with that effort.”
4.55pm British European Breeders Fund EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes 6f
1 Ventura Diamond – Richard Fahey 2-9-00 Oisin Murphy 5/2
2 Illykato – Mick Channon 2-9-00 Charles Bishop 25/1
3 Sarsaparilla – John Gosden 2-9-00 James Doyle 2/1 Fav
Winner owned by Middleham Park Racing XXVIII
Breeding: b f Dandy Man (IRE) – Shehila (IRE) (Zamindar (USA))
Breeder: Sandra Russell
Non-Runner: Enoughisgoodenough (Going)
Time: 1m 11.36s
Distances: 1, nk
Tote Win: £3.40 Places: £1.50, £5.80, £1.10 Exacta: £55.70
Richard Fahey – 13th winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival
Oisin Murphy – 7th winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival