Toro strikes in concluding Theo Fennell Handicap
The final race on day two of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the seven-furlong Theo Fennell Handicap, went the way of 3/1 favourite Toro Strike (Richard Fahey/Oisin Murphy).
After encountering trouble in running behind the leaders, Toro Strike delivered his effort a furlong out and showed an impressive turn of foot to score going away by two and a quarter lengths.
Oisin Murphy said: “Toro Strike is a beautiful, physical specimen.
“Through the race, it is always going to be a little bit rough and it was about keeping it as straightforward as possible.
“I feel like if he could stay at seven furlongs for the time being would be a big help. We’ll see what Richard thinks but it would be nice to see him land another big prize.”
Murphy also offered further insight on Kameko’s fourth-placed effort in the G1 Qatar Sussex Stakes.
He remarked: “Kameko jumped super fast and I always thought I would be behind Circus Maximus on the rail. I never expected Vatican City to go lame in front of me and Wichita to slot in straight in front of me.
“Kameko travelled beautifully – I had lots of horse from three furlongs out if I could get some room.”
4.20pm Theo Fennell Handicap 7f
1 Toro Strike – Richard Fahey 3-9-07 Oisin Murphy 3/1 Fav
2 Magical Wish – Richard Hannon 4-9-11 Thore Hammer Hansen 20/1
3 Deep Intrigue – Mark Johnston 4-9-11 Kieran Shoemark 25/1
4 Zhui Feng – Amanda Perrett 7-9-10 Jim Crowley 8/1
Winner owned by Al Shaqab Racing
Breeding: b c Toronado (IRE) – Scarlet Strike (USA) (Smart Strike (CAN))
Breeder Al Shaqab Racing
Non-Runners: Mister Snowdon (unsuitable ground), Society Lion (unsuitable ground), The Cruising Lord (self certificate, Colic)
Time: 1m 27.22s
Distances: 2¼, 1, 1½
Tote Win: £3.70 Places: £1.30, £4.40, £5.10, £2.30 Exacta: £69.40
Richard Fahey – 12th winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival
Oisin Murphy – 5th winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival