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Goodwood: Lord has too much class for the rest

Mark Johnston's Sea Lord continued his fantastic run of form with a typically game front-running performance in the totesport Mile.

Sent off at 6-1 following lucrative handicap successes at the Curragh and Newmarket, the three-year-old got off to a good start under Royston Ffrench and soon tacked across to the rail.

The challengers were queuing up in the straight and Sea Lord looked at the mercy of Invisible Man and a confident Frankie Dettori approaching the final furlong.

However, Sea Lord was not for passing and answered Ffrench's every call to pass the post three-quarters of a length ahead.

Ffrench said: “He is a typical Johnston horse who has done nothing but improve.

“When something comes to him he goes again — they don't know when to give up.

“They do wonders, the whole yard, to keep them in form and have them running at the big meetings. It is a great team effort.”

Johnston feels Sea Lord can go on to greater things.

He said: “Really this horse should be out of handicaps and we did look at the Listed race, for which he's declared, on Saturday.

“But the lure of the prize-money persuaded us to go for this.

“It's a big ask for him to run again tomorrow, but if he comes out of this particularly well, it's still a possibility. We've got a bit of thinking to do.”

Libranno pinged out and made all under leading Goodwood jockey Richard Hughes to take the Tanqueray Richmond Stakes.

Enjoying his sixth success this week, Hughes had to wake up the Richard Hannon two-year-old inside the final furlong to score by one and a quarter lengths to the William Haggas-trained The Paddyman.

The latter had been well backed at 4-1 and looked menacing with two furlongs remaining, but Hughes found plenty in front to the delight of the packed grandstands, returning as a warm 5-4 favourite.

Hughes said: “I was trying to get him to relax and get him breathing early on, as for nearly a minute I couldn't feel his belly going.

“He jumped extremely fast and I let him go to the front, but in the last two furlongs he was gawping at everything.

“I think he kills horses off halfway through the race with his speed and then just grinds it out at the finish,” he added.

“He had a hard race the last day and a tough enough race today, but he's a decent horse and a fast horse.”

When asked about a potential next port of call for the juvenile, Hughes added: “Ideally something like the Prix Morny, but that might come a bit quick for him.”

Hannon said: “We took him to Newmarket very raw, but we still thought he'd have a good chance in the July Stakes and he's won very well again today.

“I don't really know what we're going to do with him now.

“It's up to the owner really, but he wouldn't want much further than six furlongs unless we can teach him to race in a different way.”

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