Farhh Dominates Lockinge Stakes
Farhh is now the favourite for the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes after a dominant performance in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
The perennial Group 1 runner-up raced away from the field in the final two furlongs to score a four length victory from outsider Sovereign Debt and Roger Varian-trained Aljmaaheer to claim a well-deserved maiden Group 1 victory.
The result was another bonus for the Godolphin operation that has bounced back from the drug scandal with a number of big victories at the track in the last fortnight.
“It is fantastic, particularly after the problems we have had over the past few weeks,” Godolphin Racing Manager Simon Crisford said.
Crisford was quick to pay credit to trainer Saeed Bin Suroor who has now trained the Lockinge Stakes winner on five occasions.
“He won really well and it did surprise me as he has been difficult to train and Saeed has had to tiptoe with him but he has done that impressively,” Crisford said.
Bin Suroor was delighted with the win and believes the son of Pivotal can improve as the season progresses.
“He deserved to get his head in front, he has done it in great fashion and it was brilliant,” Bin Suroor said.
“When he got to the front he felt a bit lonely but he has won with a bit in hand and he should come on for the run.”
Farhh is now on the first line of the Queen Anne Stakes betting market at Bet365, alongside Animal Kingdom, while pre-race Lockinge Stakes favourite Declaration of War, who finished a disappointing fifth, has drifted to Queen Anne Stakes odds of 10/1.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien was disappointed with Declaration of War’s effort and believes something went amiss with the son of War Front.
“We’ll take him home and see; obviously there must be an excuse,” O’Brien said.
Surprise runner-up Sovereign Debt will also push forward to the Queen Anne Stakes after his career best performance but still isn’t fancied by online bookmakers.
You can find the best antepost 2013 Queen Anne Stakes odds at Bet365.