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Faydhan dazzles on debut

Faydhan was introduced into Sky Bet's Qipco 2000 Guineas market after making a superb debut in the Distinction Doors EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes at Haydock.

The John Gosden-trained colt, owned by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, impressed so much they make the son of War Front 20/1 for the Newmarket Classic.

The 500,000 dollar purchase had been expected to run a big race and was supported to do so, being sent off the 10/11 favourite.

He won in tremendous style despite being slowly away and showing his obvious inexperience. What could not be denied was his class which took him to the front inside the final furlong and he pulled well clear.

He was going further away at the line as he bolted up by six lengths from the race-fit Dutch Connection, with Speedy Move another length and a quarter back in third.

"He's a big baby, he even jumped the road, but he has a great temperament," jockey Paul Hanagan told Racing UK.

"I was pleased. He just took a bit of organising, but once he got to the girth of Joe Fanning's horse (Speedy Move) I was always confident.

"He's got plenty of scope, he'll get seven furlongs but it's still early days.

"I'll have a chat with Mr Gosden and the boss (Sheikh Hamdan) and see what they say."

Faydhan holds an entry in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York on August 23.

Lieutenant Kaffee (4/1) looked a promising staying two-year-old when giving Hanagan a double in the Tuffx Glass EBF Stallions Novice Stakes.

Market rivals Epithet and Diaz shaped to fight out the finish but they appeared to cut their own throats and Hanagan produced the Richard Fahey-trained colt with a decisive late move.

The Nottingham debut scorer got on top to defeat Diaz by three-quarters of a length.

Hanagan completed a 51/1 treble on Ejadah (9/2) in the Sheikh Hamdan colours in the FGI Tangerine Fillies' Handicap.

The two-times champion made most on the Roger Varian-trained three-year-old and scooted home by four and a half lengths from Imshivalla.

Fahey was also on the mark in the Bohle Group Handicap with Foxy Clarets (9/2), who was another feather in the cap of in-form 3lb apprentice George Chaloner after his recent big-race wins on Baccarat and Angel Gabrial.

Trainer Mark Johnston and jockey Joe Fanning shared a double with favourites Watersmeet (15/8) making all in the Glass Times Handicap and Alex My Boy (4/6) having too much grit for Hanagan's mount Altaayil in the Ritec Clearshield Eco-Systems Handicap.

Balducci (13/2) responded from a positive ride by Daniel Tudhope to claim the Supalite Tiled Roof System Handicap for trainer David O'Meara by a length and a quarter from Multi Bene.