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Aswan picks up maiden win with Goodwood Racecourse Patrons Nursery success

Aswan’s plucky triumph under James Doyle in the Goodwood Racecourse Patrons Nursery revived memories of good horses Jellaby, Wethnan and Ahoonora.

Owned Shaikh Duaij Al Khalifa inherited the colours from his 80-year-old uncle Shaikh Isa Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, with the dream of having a winner at Goodwood where Ahoonora landed the Stewards’ Cup in 1978.

Trainers Simon and Ed Crisford were beaming after the 13-2 shot got home by half a length and a short head from Blue Collar Lad and Bastogne in a blanket finish.

Simon Crisford said: “We were worried about the ground and happy it dried out. It was a great ride from James who had the colt in the perfect position throughout.

“It’s great for Shaikh Duaij that he has acquired colours synonymous with top horses from back in the seventies, including Ahoonora who landed the Stewards’ Cup here and went on the be a Group-winning sprinter.”

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