Moon takes giant leap forward by landing Group glory

Pether's Moon and jockey Richard Hughes

Pether's Moon and jockey Richard Hughes

Shantou Village on the way to another Fontwell victory / Picture by Clive Bennett

Village people are happy again at Fontwell

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Pether’s Moon claimed a long-overdue Group win yesterday.

The four-year-old son of Dylan Thomas landed the Group 3 Coutts Glorious Stakes at Goodwood – justifying his billing as the 11/10 favourite.

And his trainer Richard Hannon, who admitted the colt gave him and jockey Richard Hughes a few nervous moments in the 12-furlong battle, reckons it is no more than his charge deserved.

Pether’s Moon has only failed to make the frame twice in 14 starts.

The Irish-bred talent has triumphed on three of those occasions but he has been frustrated by a second and two thirds on his three starts in Group company.

All that changed on the South Downs yesterday, though, as he bagged Hannon’s third winner at Glorious Goodwood.

‘He didn’t seem to come down the hill that well,’ said the Wiltshire trainer.

‘And I wasn’t that happy watching it.

‘Hughsie had to get after him and it looked like he was beaten – then he came back on the bridle.

‘But the horse deserved that, it was nothing more than he is due.

‘He ran very well at Ascot and Newmarket – all the big meetings – and he deserved this.

‘We like him a lot and he’s very much one we’d like to keep as he’s still growing into his frame.’

Hannon is now eyeing a trip Down Under for one of Australia’s richest races.

‘There are plenty of options for him abroad and the Caulfield Cup is one we’re considering,’ added Hannon.

‘We don’t have many that go on this sort of trip but this is a fine horse and he’s got the constitution for that sort of venture.’

The second race on yesterday’s card – the 
Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes – went to Wannabe Yours at 7/1.

Red Avenger was the 12/1 victor in the Betfred Mile, while Take Cover sprinted to glory in the Group 2 King George Stakes at 6/1.

The Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Nursery Stakes was won by Son of Africa and J Wonder landed the Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes – both at 7/1.

The final race on day four – the Betfred Mobile Stakes – was taken by Gary Moore’s Tall Ship at 10/1.

The Group 1 Nassau Stakes (3.15pm) and Stewards’ Cup (3.50pm) feature on today’s card, which brings the curtain down on the 2014 festival.

For more information and ticket details, log on to goodwood.co.uk

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