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Grandeur too classy at Goodwood

Grandeur proved too classy for his rivals in today’s feature race at Goodwood, running out a comfortable winner of the 1m 2f Listed contest. Jeremy Noseda’s charge was making his first start back on British soil following some fine performances in America and was did not have to work too hard to beat of main rival Danadana under a confident ride from Ryan Moore.

 

Goodwood was where it all started for Grandeur. The now 5yo made his racecourse debut at the track back in 2011, where he would go down by just a head. This would prove to be the only time he would taste defeat at Goodwood, with today’s victory bringing his record to four wins from five starts, an amazing record at a track that many horses fail to handle.

 

Held up by Moore in the early stages, Grandeur eventually made a move approaching the two pole, switching to the outside before going clear when shaken up. He would eventually roll home a comfortable 2 length winner from Danadana, with the 3yo Marsh Daisy back in third.

 

A trip back across the Atlantic, this time to Canada, may be on the cards for the winner, with trainer Noseda saying: “It didn’t look like the ground had good to firm places, but I’m happy he has done it. In all honesty, he was the best horse in the race,” said Noseda before having a lengthy debrief with jockey Ryan Moore.

 

“I’ll talk to his owner, Yvonne Jacques, but I think he will now go for the Canadian International (October 19) at Woodbine. There are other possible races over there, you’re trying to find good prize money but it’s an expense to do it.

 

“He stayed over in America for three runs earlier in the year and earned 160,000, although it wasn’t Gary Stevens’ finest hour when he was fourth in the Manhattan Stakes. Then we’ll be back on the all-weather this winter.”

 

By Kevin Walsh / Photo: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

24/9/14


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