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Grandeur a class apart again

By Tom Peacock

Goodwood's RH Hall Foundation Stakes could have provided a useful stopover for Grandeur once again as Jeremy Noseda's grey landed the Listed event for the second consecutive year.

As well as claiming the inaugural feature event at the All-Weather Championship Finals on Good Friday, Noseda has been able to use his experience of training in America to plot an unconventional but lucrative campaign for the gelding.

Another trip across the Atlantic is now being considered, with the 4-5 favourite defying ground a little softer than he preferred but still beating Danadana by a relatively comfortable two lengths.

"It didn't look like the ground had good to firm places, but I'm happy he has done it. In all honesty, he was the best horse in the race," said Noseda before having a lengthy debrief with jockey Ryan Moore.

"I'll talk to his owner, Yvonne Jacques, but I think he will now go for the Canadian International at Woodbine (October 19). There are other possible races over there, you're trying to find good prize money but it's an expense to do it."

American Artist corrected a curious statistic for Roger Varian in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.

Despite being the trainer of more than 300 winners, Varian was nought from 50 in his attempts at the Sussex course over his four seasons in charge at Kremlin House Stables in Newmarket.

Thurloe Thoroughbreds' chestnut, fourth when fancied on his debut at Haydock, held off Quick Defence by a length to strike at 15-8 in the hands of Andrea Atzeni.

"We'd had plenty of runners and places, but I'd stopped even looking. It's a monkey off my back I suppose," said Varian.

"He ran well first time and built on that. He stayed seven furlongs well and would get a mile."

Dissolution (4-6 favourite) won the WaterAid EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes under James Doyle.

Title-chasing Richard Hughes, on the runner-up Shadow Rock, was given a two-day whip ban (October 8-9).

Atzeni secured his second winner on Noble Gift (4-1).

Moore was to double up himself aboard his father Gary's 4-1 favourite Good Luck Charm in the Bidvest 3663 Stakes.

Meanwhile, prolific Ulsterman Tony McCoy took his tally for the season to 136 by winning on 2-1 favourite Moss Street at Perth.

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