Fahey nets a double as Sir Alex Ferguson wins again
Newmarket has not been the most fruitful of hunting grounds for Richard Fahey but he left the opening day of the Craven meeting with two of the big-race winners.
Top of the list financially was the success of Sir Reginald in the £150,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Sprint, although the continually improving Yorkshire trainer could now have a 1000 Guineas runner after the effort of Barefoot Lady in the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes.
Classics had not really been considered before his filly appeared in this noted trial and the 14-1 shot was hardly an obvious candidate on her two-year-old form.
However, she really hit her stride late on under Paul Hanagan to edge past Aidan O'Brien's hot favourite Sing Softly and the useful John Gosden runner Maqaasid in the shadow of the post.
Hanagan said: “She's very tough. She did it the hard way as well, as we were drawn wide and couldn't get in and get cover — it's difficult to win like that.
“I think she'll get a mile OK, with a better draw over a mile you'd be able to ride a bit of a race on her.”
Sir Reginald (4-1) had earlier provided compensation to Fahey and owner Jim McGrath (the Channel 4 broadcaster) for a few disappointments.
Pausanias (100-30), who is part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, gave Richard Hannon his fifth victory in the Bet At bluesq.com European Free Handicap.
“I was worried the ground might be too fast for him, and whether he'd cope with seven furlongs as he really wants a mile,” said Hannon.