Grandeur (centre) wins the Foundation as Brown Panther (black cap) fadesPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Panther left panting as Grandeur shows gears
Report: Goodwood, Wednesday
Greene King Foundation Stakes (Listed) 1m2f, 3yo+
BROWN PANTHER'S claims to glory in Australia later in the year took a knock as the Goodwood Cup winner faded into fifth over this shorter trip when a late surge from the rear handed 6-4 favourite Grandeur his seventh career success.
Richard Kingscote made much of the running on Brown Panther over the shortest trip he had encountered since his debut in 2010, and a full six furlongs shorter than the Goodwood Cup which he won in such fine style in midsummer.
Rivals stacked up behind as Brown Panther made his way up the home straight with Grandeur, locked away at the back in the early part of the race, brought widest of all by Ryan Moore to seal a comfortable victory.
Defeat for Brown Panther as 3-1 second favourite - having been backed from 9-2 - did not unduly disappoint trainer Tom Dascombe, who was present alongside the horse's part-owner, former England striker Michael Owen, for the horse's first run in six weeks.
Dascombe said: "I'm pleased with that. Grandeur is a good horse in his own right and we had to give him 5lb. In hindsight, we've probably gone off too fast and not got home and I'm sure he'll be fine and we'll go to Melbourne."
Bookmakers rate Brown Panther a general 20-1 shot for the Melbourne Cup on November 5 behind 5-1 favourite Puissance De Lune.
Owen hopes to he there to see 'the race that stops a nation', and added: "We didn't get to go to our intended target of the Irish St Leger but wanted a race before the Melbourne Cup.
"As much as you always want to win he's run a good race, giving weight all around over an inadequate trip, so you've got to be pleased.
"He needs a lot further than that to be shown at his best, but he's run a decent race and hopefully will come out sound and we can go to Melbourne. If he runs, I'll be there."
Winning trainer Jeremy Noseda will chat with owner Yvonne Jacques over whether to "be brave" by taking on The Fugue and others in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita next month or adapt a different approach.
Noseda said: "A return to America has been planned all year. You can put a line through his run in Chicago [7th in Arlington Million in August] , that was not his running. I'll sit down with the owner and work out a plan."