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.

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