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Farhh takes victory in British Champions Stakes

Farhh Champion 615 X 400
Photo: Emma-Louise Kerwin (Goodtosoft.co.uk)
Farhh returned from a season of injury hinderances to bounce back in superb style by taking the QIPCO British Champions Stakes over the consistent Cirrus des Aigles at Ascot.
Unseen on a racetrack since an exceptional victory in the GI Lockinge Stakes over a mile in May, Farhh was facing his biggest test yet on ground which he had yet to encounter. However, despite the concerns from the few over his ability to truly stay the ten furlong distance in testing conditions, Farhh ridiculed those woes with a display of grit and determination. 
With Hunter's Light setting a strong early pace under Mikael Barzalona, Farhh settled comfortably behind the front end pace before pushing on towards the inside with a matter of furlongs to go.
As Silvestre de Sousa began to urge Farhh to win his race, the bold looming sight of Cirrus des Aigles began to edge closer to his rival with Soumillon seemingly only needing to decide when to press the button for the seven year old gelding to power away and regain the title he lost to Frankel last season.
However, as Cirrus des Aigles began to deliver his challenge Farhh stuck to his task with an exceptionally determined attitude. With each and every challenging thrust Cirrus des Aigles provided, Farhh would repel it.
In a battle of exceptional attitudes, Cirrus des Aigles would hold off the charge of Ruler of the World on his outside while he continued to challenge Farhh for the win, but the win place would be one too far for the French raider who would go down gallantly in defeat.
"I am very proud of him and this is very good for Godolphin," said winning trainer, Saeed bin Suroor. "He has been a miler in the past, but a mile and a quarter was great for him today on that ground. This horse is a great fighter." 

"He's been very tough since he was a two year old but we've just had to look after him with a different programme to keep him sound."
2013 has seen the rivalry between Coolmore and Godolphin somewhat rekindled, largely thanks to the consistent performances of Sheikh Mohammed's team as they fight back against the early season controversy provided by Mahmood Al Zarooni's suspension for equine drug offences.
With Certify, Encke and Opinion Poll all barred from racing for the season, you could've been forgiven for expecting a lacklustre performance from Godolphin this season, yet Saeed bin Suroor has excelled with every passing month as the likes of Farhh held the flag high alongside Dawn Approach's scintillating Classic campaign for Jim Bolger.
As Ruler of the World thrust wide on the outside towards his Godolphin-based rival, the Epsom Derby winner could not match the power of his Godolphin rival, ensuring the final victory of the season for Sheikh Mohammed's operation over their long-term rival in a season of considerable competitivity for the rivals. 
Farhh was retired after the race and will stand at Darley's Dalham Hall Stud from next season. 
                 Photos Courtesy of Emma-Louise Kerwin  (Goodtosoft.co.uk)   


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Great race ... Farhh could not go off to retirement much better than this!

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