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Spacious Ascot June 2009

Spacious draws clear of Heaven Sent to score under Johnny Murtagh 

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Spacious leads home Cheveley Park one-two

Royal Ascot: Wednesday

Windsor Forest Stakes (Group 2) 1m str, 4yo+ f/m

SPACIOUS made all under jockey Johnny Murtaghto defeat Heaven Sent and lead home a Cheveley Park-owned one-two in the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

The daughter of Nayef, sent off at 10-1 and trained by James Fanshawe, jumped straight to the front from Heaven Sent and Proviso and was steered across to the favoured stands' side rail.

Hot-favourite Lush Lashes was settled in the middle of the field, along with Spacious's Epsom conqueror Eva's Request.

The field was well bunched approaching the final two furlongs where Murtagh increased the pace, catching out Lush Lashes, who could not match the acceleration shown by the Cheveley Park pair.

Spacious looked like she would be overhauled in the final furlong by Heaven Sent but she stuck her neck out and held on to win by a length.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Heaven Sent, sent off at 5-2, was three lengths in front of the staying-on 8-1 shot Eva's Request in third. Lush Lashes was nowhere.

James Fanshawe

James Fanshawe: "it's great for us"

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Fanshawe said: "Johnny said after her last run at Epsom he would like to ride herhere and people have been saying for a long time we should be making more use of her stride.

"There didn't look to be an obvious front-runner, so Johnny felt he would go out and make it and he had a nice lead.

"It was a hell of a battle with Heaven Sent. Obviously my ex-boss [Stoute] won't be very happy but it's great for us as our filly had been a bit disappointing since the Guineas last year. Let's hope she can go on from here."

Murtagh, riding his second winner of the meeting, added: "I rode her at Epsom and she's a big-striding filly and just couldn't get balanced down the hill.

"I thought the stiff mile here might suit her and I let her use the beautiful stride she has. You can see she's tenacious and it was a good battle.

"My old boss [Fanshawe] is a dangerous man come Ascot and we were on the right one today."

Spacious is the third stakes winner bred this season by Patricia Thompson's Cheveley Park Stud following Heaven Sent and Lockinge Stakes hero Virtual.

The rangy daughter of Nayef is a half-sister to minor winner Artimino (Medicean) and out of the triple winner Palatial. The Green Desert mare is a half-sister to four winners including Listed winners Ice Palace and Portal.




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