Jeff has French connection with big-race victory

Jeff Sargeant owner of a winning race horse at Ascot ANL-150617-210733009
Jeff Sargeant owner of a winning race horse at Ascot ANL-150617-210733009
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Stow Bridge butcher makes French connection with big-race winner

Goldream backed up his King’s Stand Stakes victory at Royal Ascot in June by landing a second Group One race in the Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp.

The six-year-old, trained by Robert Cowell, came out on top in the five furlong dash at odds of 8 to 1.

Goldream’s latest success in France collected a prize of £155,000 for co-owner Mr Sargeant to take the horse’s winnings this year to more than £400,000.

Mr Sargeant, who lost the base of the cup after having it presented to him by Prince Harry earlier this year, quipped: “I didn’t spill the silverware yesterday, but the most important thing to us was is that our horse won the cup.

“We’re absolutely elated. We knew he was capable of winning a race like this and he had his optimum conditions.

“I was at work in the shop on the Saturday, so we travelled to and came back from Paris on Eurostar on the Sunday.

“It was a fantastic day and we are all so delighted.”

The horse is now likely to head to Dubai over the winter with a conditions race and the Al Quoz Sprint on World Cup night on top of the agenda.

“He won’t be going to the sales,” admitted Mr Sargeant.

“It was discussed, but you just can’t sell a horse as likeable as him.

“Conditions out there will suit him but he’s limited to a handful of races because he can’t run in handicap company anymore.”

Newmarket trainer Mr Cowell said: “That’s outstanding - absolutely brilliant. I know he’s good, but to win two Group Ones in one year is pretty outstanding stuff.

“All year he’s been working brilliantly and just looks a different horse altogether this year. I’m delighted for the owners.

“We worked him about 12 days ago in Newmarket with a horse called Speed Hawk, who was beaten a neck in a Listed race at Ascot on Saturday, and he just absolutely hacked all over him.

“He’ll go to Dubai now. He was going to go to the sales, but we didn’t enter him and the owners decided to keep him.

“We brought him here for the trial but the weather wasn’t right and he didn’t run, but it’s paid off. I’m looking forward to taking him to Dubai.”

n Turn to page 10 of today’s paper for tributes to former West Norfolk mayor and racehorse trainer Ray Bostock.