Pivotal (Polar Falcon – Fearless Revival, by Cozzene) five-year-old Farhh (Pivotal – Gonbarda, by Lando) emerged as one of Europe’s top talents last season but had his day in the sun at his 2013 debut in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes (1m) at Newbury.
Farhh chased superstar Frankel home twice, in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes and Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes, in a 2012 campaign that reaped five placings at the highest level but the entire took only one outing in 2013 to become a Group 1 winner.
Farhh’s conquerors Frankel, So You Think (High Chaparral – Triassic, by Tights) and Nathaniel (Galileo – Magnificent Style, by Silver Hawk) have all started stud careers, leaving the Godolphin-owned stallion with the chance to assume a place at the top of the older brigade in Europe this year.
Silvestre De Sousa was aboard Farhh in the Lockinge Stakes, positioning the lightly-raced performer midfield before taking his mount to the front two furlongs from home. Farhh sprinted brilliantly at the two furlongs to assume control of the race before striding to a comfortable four-length win over Sovereign Debt (Dark Angel – Kelsey Rose, by Most Welcome) and Aljamaheer (Dubawi – Kelly Nicole, by Rainbow Quest).
“It is fantastic, particularly after the problems we have had over the past few weeks. It is a major boost to the stable,” Godolphin’s racing manager Simon Crisford told the Racing Post.
“He won really well and it did surprise me as he has been difficult to train and (trainer) Saeed (bin Suroor) has had to tiptoe with him but he has done that impressively.”
Farrh became the 21st Group 1 winner and 103rd stakes victor for the top Cheveley Park-based stallion. Farrh is the third of Pivotal’s stock to win the Lockinge Stakes, following Virtual (Pivotal – Virtuous, by Exit To Nowhere – 2009) and Peeress (Pivotal – Noble One, by Primo Dominie – 2006).
Pivotal’s sire Polar Falcon (Nureyev – Marie d’Argonne, by Jefferson) won the Lockinge Stakes in 1991, when the event carried Group 2 status.