Garswood off the mark as 40-1 shot Over The Guns obliges on debut
Group 1-winning sprinter Garswood recorded his first winner at stud as Over The Guns sprung a 40-1 surprise in the 6f maiden auction stakes on debut at Leicester on Monday in the all-green silks of his owner-trainer Paul Cole.
The win comes just two days after Must See The Doc got his sire, the emphatic German Derby winner and Lanwades Stud-based Sea The Moon, off the mark when scoring at the same price at Doncaster.
Over The Guns - acquired by Cole for 15,000gns at the Tattersalls yearling sales - was eased down by Raul De Silva as he crossed the line three quarters of a length in front of Kodiac colt Indian Viceroy, with the twice-raced Dragon Pulse filly Two Blondes in third.
Bred by TA Scothern, Over The Guns is the first foal out of the placed Royal Applause mare Princess Rose, who also has a yearling Canford Cliffs colt and was covered by Poet's Voice last year.
Princess Rose shares her granddam with Forjatt, a dual winner of the Jebel Ali Mile, and descends from Sarong, also the ancestress of such talents as Indian Rocket and Sovereign Debt.
Garswood, who struck in Group company at two, three and four for trainer Richard Fahey, left his best until last winning the Prix Maurice de Gheest in testing conditions on his final start.
Bred and part-owned in the latter part of his career by Cheveley Park Stud, Garswood earned a Racing Post Rating of 117 for his Deauville triumph, making him the fourth highest rated performer by his sire and studmate Dutch Art, who in turn is by another Cheveley Park stalwart in Medicean.
For a brief period, all three stood alongside each other at Cheveley Park, before Medicean was pensioned late last year due to fertility issues.
Garswood was given a berth at Cheveley Park at an introductory fee of £7,000, which has since fallen to £4,000 during the latest season.
Over The Guns hails from a first crop of 74 for Garswood, who saw a yearling half-brother to Son Of Rest sell for 140,000gns at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
Among his other two-year-olds is a gelded half-brother to the Fillies' Mile third Urban Fox named Garryowen, in training with Charlie Fellowes.
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