Good omen for Fligaz

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Liam Jones is hoping the future is bright for Fligaz after victory at Goodwood on Sunday.

The French-bred Panis filly produced a shock success in the Steve Smith Memorial Maiden Auction Stakes as the curtain came down on another thrilling season at the track.

Liam Jones and Fligaz triumph. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142861-1292)

Liam Jones and Fligaz triumph. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142861-1292)

Martyn Meade’s 14/1-shot was driven clear by jockey Jones to upset odds-on favourite Lightning Charlie by more than two lengths in the five-furlong battle.

Goodwood has a rich tradition of giving talented youngsters an early introduction into the sport.

And Jones is hoping that pattern continues with two-year-old Fligaz.

‘She travelled well all the way through, hit the rising ground and went on and won it nicely,’ he said.

‘Usually you’ve got to be a good one to win here, so hopefully she will progress.’

Fligaz had made her debut at Kempton last month – finishing third to Field Game.

Elsewhere on Goodwood’s season-ending card, Richard Hughes made sure of the leading jockey title with a treble.

He took the Alderbrook Stakes on the Hughie Morrison-trained Aiyana at 9/2.

And then partnered Richard Hannon pair Shadow Rock and Yaakooum to victories in the Irish EBF Maiden Stakes and Furniture Makers Stakes respectively.

Shadow Rock got off the mark at the fifth time of asking at 5/1, while Yaakooum sealed success at 6/1 as Hughes took his tally to 15 for the season.

Hannon’s double ensured he won the Dick Hern Trophy – for the leading trainer of the season at Goodwood.

The Wiltshire handler, whose father Richard Hannon snr has landed the award for five of the past six seasons, claimed 11 winners in his debut success.

Meanwhile, Popeswood won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery Stakes at 9/1 and Desert Ace landed a 16/1 victory in the £15,000 Sistema Stakes.

My Lord took the AJA Gentleman Amateur Handicap at 20/1 and the final race of the season at the track – the Rifles Care For Casualties Appeal Stakes – went to War Singer at 11/1.