Queally hits ‘bullseye’ on day one

Chachamaidee wins the Lennox Stakes. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122527-8068)
Chachamaidee wins the Lennox Stakes. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122527-8068)
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TODAY is supposed to be jockey Tom Queally’s big day at Glorious Goodwood – but yesterday didn’t turn out to be too bad as he took the feature race in style.

Queally aims to ride Frankel to a successful defence of the Group 1 Sussex Stakes today – day two of the festival.

And he showed he was in terrific form for the big occasion by completing a back-to-back double in yesterday’s big race – the bet365.com Lennox Stakes – on Chachamaidee.

It was a commanding victory for the Sir Henry Cecil-trained mare, who had collected a Group 3 prize at Glorious in 2011 but faced a sterner test this time around.

A slow start had cost her a likely victory in the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot and she was once again last out of the stalls in the hands of Queally.

But he is not one to panic and when he asked his mount to stretch in the straight, she showed her trademark turn of foot to put the race to bed.

The 5/4 favourite crossed the line with a length-and-a-half in hand over Richard Hughes on Libranno, who just edged out the gallant 11-year-old Mac Love for second place.

It was a second winner of the afternoon for Cecil and Queally after Noble Mission’s Gordon Stakes triumph 35 minutes earlier at 11/4.

Queally said: ‘It’s nice to finally hit the bullseye with her.

‘They went a lovely gallop and it suited me from where I was.

‘She quickened up nicely and has a great turn of foot.

‘Fillies have a bad enough record in this race, so it’s great.’

Chachamaidee’s owner Tony Evans praised trainer Cecil, who is not able to be at Goodwood this week as he is recovering from laryngitis.

Evans said: ‘Henry has done us proud with this horse.

‘She’s just fantastic and we’ve also got an unraced two-year-old with him.

‘She won here last year and she’s now won a Group 3 and a Group 2, so we’d really like to win a Group 1. I don’t know where, though.’

Damian Evans, racing manager to the owner, said: ‘Her ideal trip is seven but she can do a mile on her day on a less stiff course. Ascot maybe has found her out twice over a mile.

‘We were in the Rothschild but decided we didn’t fancy Elusive Kate, Golden Lilac and Immortal Verse and thought we would come here.

‘She is in the Matron at Leopardstown over a mile in the summer and the Foret is one that may be on the list.

‘That’s where the value and experience of Sir Henry comes in.’

Libranno’s trainer Richard Hannon, who won this race last year with Strong Suit, said: ‘I don’t think we were unlucky, the winner has got first run but she’s done it easily enough.

‘We had a bit of trouble and without it we would have been a better second but I don’t think he’d have won.

‘The race panned out like we thought and he’s run a corker.’

Bungle Inthejungle shaded a photo finish with Morawij to win the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes for former Pompey striker Mick Channon at 14/1.

Mark Johnston saddled the festival’s opener as Landaman won the bet365.com Stakes at 12/1.

Trainer John Gosden sent out Blessington to win the Casino At bet365.com EBF Maiden Stakes at 15/2.

Uppercut was a 16/1 winner of the Poker At bet365 Stakes, while the last – the Mobile At bet365 Stakes – went to Time Medicean at 22/1.