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Garswood: a general 25-1 (from 66) for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas


Garswood ready winner of Free Handicap

Report: Newmarket, Wednesday

CSP European Free Handicap (Listed) 7f, 3yo

GARSWOOD demonstrated plenty of improvement from two to three as the Dutch Art colt showed a ready turn of foot to give the in-form Richard Fahey another winner under Tony Hamilton.

Although a race that has lost some of its lustre as a trial for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, it was hard not to be impressed with the manner that Garswood travelled behind runners, before picking off leader Lucky Beggar easily in the final furlong.

Bookmaker reaction was to cut Garswood to a general 25-1 (from as big as 66) for the Classic, which will be run over a furlong further at the track next month and the step up in trip appears unlikely to be an inconvenience.

Tracking the pace towards the rear, Tony Hamilton was happy to let his mount see the field, Lucky Beggar blazing a trail with Birdman and Well Acquainted close to the pace.

At two furlongs out it was obvious that Hamilton had plenty of horse left under him and, despite Ryan Moore attempting to kick clear on the leader, once asked to give chase, Garswood quickly gathered up Lucky Beggar to score convincingly, returning the 5-2 favourite.

Emell stayed on to take second at 4-1, with 16-1 chance Lucky Beggar holding on for third.

Fahey is now keen to tackle the Guineas, describing the horse as the best in his yard. He said: "He was always going to be a better three-year-old but you get frustrated when they get beaten in two maidens. We dropped him back in trip justto grab hold of him. He's so thick.

"He's been doing that to all my good horses - I haven't got anything to go with him and he's the best we have by a long way.

"He'll definitely go on, and there was nothing there to say he won't stay. It's exciting.  I'll speak to the owners, but it will be hard not to go for the Guineas".

Jockey Tony Hamilton was equally impressed, adding: "I ride him every day and he does all his work like that. I don't see why he wouldn't go another furlong. He got there a bit early and was pricking his ears. 

"He's a good horse, possibly the best I've ridden. I won on Wootton Bassett but he was a 6f sprinter. This one is totally different and he looks as if he'll get the mile."

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