Onassis strikes Listed gold for Fellowes and Turner
Royal Ascot heroine Onassis got back on the winning trail with victory in the tote/British EBF October Fillies’ Stakes at Goodwood
The Charlie Fellowes-trained three-year-old landed the Sandringham Stakes at the summer showpiece meeting in June, before going on to bag a Listed prize in France the following month.
Returning to Listed class following a fourth-placed finish in the Group Three Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster, Onassis was a 9-2 chance in the hands of regular partner Hayley Turner and came home to good effect to beat 7-2 favourite With Thanks by half a length.
Helvezia was best of the rest in third.
Fellowes said: “I’m delighted with her. She’s so tough and very talented.
“I thought she was unlucky at Doncaster last time as she was on the wrong side of the track and had to do a lot of work on her own without having anything to take her into the race.
“The race has worked out well, with Cloak Of Spirits (fifth) coming out and finishing third in a Group One (Sun Chariot), so we were confident of a big run today, although you never know how they’re going to handle this sort of ground.
“I know she won on soft ground at Ascot, but it was a different kettle of fish today.
“She’s off to the breeding shed next year, so we’ll look at what options we have between now and then. Now she’s shown she goes on heavy ground, that opens a few more doors.
“She’s worth quite a lot money now and I’m delighted for her owners. I’m incredibly grateful that they sent her to me and thankfully she has repaid them – she doesn’t owe us anything.”
Fellowes made it a quick double as Amarillo Star (16-1) came home well clear of his rivals in the tote.co.uk Home Of The Placepot Handicap under Stevie Donohoe.
Leading Champion Hurdle hope Goshen suffered his second successive defeat on the Flat in the Join tote.co.uk With £10 Risk Free Handicap.
Gary Moore’s stable star finished last of six runners at Haydock last month on what was his first appearance since his heartbreaking final-flight exit when seemingly set for a wide-margin win in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.
With that run under his belt, he was the even-money favourite for his latest assignment under Hector Crouch, but after making much of the running, he weakened into third place behind the Queen’s Natural History (100-30), trained by Andrew Balding and ridden by Oisin Murphy.
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