GOODWOOD GROUP DOUBLE FOR GOFFS
10 August 2018
An admirable attitude and excellent consistency were
rewarded in Tuesday’s Group 2 Lennox Stakes at Goodwood, which saw the David
Elsworth-trained SIR DANCEALOT (IRE) prevail to win by a head. Ridden towards
the back of the field by Gerald Mosse, there was cause for concern over a
furlong from home, when traffic problems forced the four-year-old to switch
left and pushed his turn of foot to the limit.
Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile winner Suedois was relegated to
runners-up honours, while last year’s victor Breton Rock (IRE) took third.
Mosse was full of praise for his mount, saying, “He is for me definitely a
Group 1 horse. It is not even a question. He needs things on his side a little
bit when he races, but he has a great turn of foot. He is a magnificent animal
and a dream to be on board.”
SIR DANCELOT (IRE)’s earnings now stand at over €400,000,
having cost just €35,000 at the Goffs Sportsmans Sale as a yearling. Bred by
Vincent Duignan, his dam is a half-sister to dual Group 3 winner Dancal (IRE),
from the family of champion stayer Mr Dinos (IRE), Jersey Stakes winner Darcy’s
Thatcher and Anglesey Stakes winner Rasa Penang.
Completing a Group double for Goffs on the day was DARK
VISION (IRE), who justified favouritism in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes, joining
an honour roll that includes Shamardal, Highland Reel (IRE) and Galileo Gold.
Victory was not without its challenges, with the Mark Johnston-trained colt
hampered and relegated to the back of the field in the early stages, but he
improved to score by a length and three quarters.
Bred by SF Bloodstock, DARK VISION (IRE) was sold by Baroda
and Colbinstown Studs at Goffs as a foal, where he sold for €15,000. A half-brother
to Stakes performer Al Hayyah (IRE), his first two dams are black-type, while
dual Lockinge Stakes winner Soviet Line features under the fourth dam.