Farhh camp ready for Sussex test
Tuesday 31 July 2012
Farhh was due to race against Frankel in a conditions race at Doncaster as juvenile, but was injured in the stalls and was off the track for over a year. Now the son of Pivotal will finally get his chance to lock horns with racing's superstar in Wednesday's Qipco Sussex Stakes.
An easy winner of the Thirsk Hunt Cup in the spring, Farhh looked unlucky when third in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Ascot but came out in a better light when a fine second in the Coral Eclipse.
Trainer Saeed Bin Suroor said: "Farhh has been doing well since he ran at Sandown and I have been happy with him."
He went on: "I think that a mile at Goodwood will suit him well but we would prefer to see some rain before Wednesday because he prefers to have a little cut in the ground.
"He has run very well in two Group One races but taking on Frankel will be a very tough task. I am hopeful that he can put in another good performance."
Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford added: "Farhh put up a really good performance in the Prince of Wales's at Royal Ascot after missing the break and not having a clear run.
"I think the best horse won the Coral-Eclipse - it would be wrong to say Farhh could have beaten Nathaniel. Farhh used up a lot of energy to get to Nathaniel and probably did not have quite enough petrol in the tank in the last uphill drive. It was a big run but he told us that going back to a mile would probably be a good thing.
"Farhh's injury kept him off the track for most of his three-year-old campaign and it is only this year that we are beginning to get into some sort of rhythm with him. He is turning out to be a good horse."
Richard Fahey's Gabrial is the only three-year-old involved this time around and the Malton trainer said: "What can you say about taking on Frankel? There's only two of us doing it so no-one else fancied it obviously.
"We'll just see what happens. He's a decent horse, he showed that at Ascot, but whether he's up to this class we'll see."