Wells Farhh Go edges Acomb at York

Wed 23 Aug 2017

Watch the closing stages of the Tattersalls Acomb Stakes won by Wells Farhh Go at York on Wednesday and jockey David Allan's reaction.

By Racinguk.com staff

Wells Farhh Go maintained his unbeaten record when getting up on the line to prevail in a pulsating finish to the Tattersalls Acomb Stakes.

Needing every inch of the seven-furlong trip, the Tim Easterby-trained 10-1 chance, who made a winning debut over course and distance last month, wore down James Garfield in the dying strides to gain the day by a nose.

Lansky was a further three and three-quarter lengths back in third, but favourite Dee Ex Bee - like the winner a son of Farhh - was a major disappointment.

There was early drama in the race, with the Richard Fahey-trained Chief Justice unshipping Paul Hanagan soon after exiting the stalls.

Winning rider David Allan said: "I thought the last stride he just stuck his head down and I thought I just got him on the post, but you never know - when your head is down and you are driving away it's quite hard to tell.

"He has still shown his inexperience a bit there. I thought I had the race won when I hit the front and Frankie (Dettori) burst through and it gave him something to run down again and he dug in again towards the finish.

"He was definitely having a look in front and I think there is more improvement in there, especially when he goes a bit further. He feels like he has got the potential to improve. He is a big horse, so he has got the scope."

Betway intorduced Wells Farhh Go in to the Qipco 2000 Guineas bettig at 33-1 and the Derby at 50-1 but the trainer was in no mood to make any quick decisions as to where the winner would run next.

Easterby said: "I thought he hadn't quite got there and that I should have run him over a mile.

"He's in the Royal Lodge and the Group One race at Chantilly (Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere). Whether we run him or not, I'm not sure. He's a big horse and needs a bit of time.

"I think he might be another Bollin Eric (the 2002 St Leger winner), he's not far off. He's just a very good horse in the making. One day he will be a proper horse. He's had a hard race there and I wouldn't be rushing to run him quickly."

Easterby is based locally to the track at Great Habton and relishes a York winner more than most.

He said: "It's fantastic. If they are entered here we don't walk the course, they run usually.

"I had a lot of offers for him since his last run and I resisted. I bought him at Tatts Sales as a yearling. He was just a big nice horse. He showed me a nice bit if speed early on so we waited a bit with him and gave him a chance.

"Next year will be his year and he will be an even better four-year-old. I didn't put him in the Racing Post Trophy. He's out of a Galileo mare, he's got a great temperament and has got it all before him. He's very exciting."

George Scott said of James Garfield: "We've lots to look forward to with him. He probably just got a bit lonely out in front. I also think he has been beaten by a very good horse who was only having his second start.

"Even still, it is very frustrating. I was upset this morning when the rain came and I am sure he would have preferred faster ground.

"We've got plenty of options going forward. We won't make any snap decisions."

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