Navy sails to success

  • Last Updated: May 24 2014, 15:34 BST

French Navy led home a Godolphin one-two at Goodwood while Gatewood also won the Tapster Stakes.

French Navy wins at Goodwood
French Navy wins at Goodwood

The 2-1 favourite, trained by Charlie Appleby, was delivered with a subtle late charge by Adam Kirby to defeat Saeed bin Suroor's Windhoek by half a length.

Baltic Knight made most of the running along the far rail before Windhoek joined him at the forefront of the Listed race, registered as the Festival Stakes, at the three-furlong marker.

Bin Suroor's colt gained an outright advantage soon afterwards, but French Navy, who was astutely guided towards the centre of the track by Kirby, arrived full of running inside the final 100 yards to win going away.

Gatewood (4-7 favourite) secured back-to-back Listed victories with a determined triumph in the 32Red Stakes, registered as the Tapster Stakes.

John Gosden's much-travelled six-year-old hit the mark at Ascot a fortnight ago and again made no mistake under Frankie Dettori.

Mirsaale did a lot of donkey work at the head of affairs, but he was outflanked by the other three runners in the field two and a half furlongs out.

James Tate's colt bravely rallied late for second spot after Gatewood had firstly subdued the challenge of Kelinni in a rough race.

Blue Surf was also in contention, but Rab Havlin and his partner were badly pinched for room on the far side.

A stewards' inquiry was called, but the placings remained unaltered.

Gatewood's success came at a cost to Dettori, who was banned four days - one of which for careless riding and the remaining three for allowing his mount to drift right.

The jockey will be sidelined from June 8-11.