RICHARD Fahey hopes his top-class performer Garswood will retire in style tomorrow – by winning the Grade One Qatar Prix de la Foret.
The four-year-old, who will begin stud duties this winter, returns to France in the form of his life after landing the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on his last start.
However, Malton-based Fahey is hoping for rain at Longchamp, though big race jockey Gerald Moose did report the going to be “on the easy side of good” when riding work on Wednesday.
“He’s been a pleasure to train. It took us a while to work out exactly where he wants to be but six and a half or seven furlongs with some cut in the ground have brought the best out of him,” said Fahey. “He’s been very laid back and always shown a huge amount of ability at home. I’m pleased it came out on the racecourse too.”
Two of Garswood’s primary opponents come from the Nawton yard of David O’Meara who saddles Custom Cut – the mount of The Yorkshire Post columnist Daniel Tudhope – and That Is The Spirit.
Meanwhile, The Wow Signal, a Royal Ascot winner of immense potential, represents Norton’s John Quinn in the six-furlong Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere. He will be ridden by Frankie Dettori who partners 2013 Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World in the Arc.