Heavens maintains unbeaten record
Seven Heavens, John Gosden's well-bred Frankel colt, had no trouble beating his sole rival in the ebfstallions.com Peter Willett "Stallion-Restricted" Conditions Stakes at Goodwood.
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It was not as straightforward as connections would have hoped as on leaving the stalls Shabeeh went left, barging into Seven Heavens and setting him alight.
Rab Havlin had his hands well and truly full for at least three furlongs as the youngster was very reminiscent of his father in the early stages of his career, pulling furiously for his head.
Nevertheless, he obviously possesses a good deal of ability as the 1/10 favourite had no trouble in breezing past his opponent, who had shown a decent level of form himself on his sole start at Salisbury.
Seven Heavens went on to win by six lengths.
There was a slight delay after Sheila's Fancy, a Stan Moore-trained colt due to make his debut, first unshipped Josephine Gordon on the way to the start and then played up after being loaded into the stalls, leading to him being withdrawn.
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Havlin said: "Franny's (Norton) horse just jumped left and set me alight a little bit.
"I was three-quarters of a length down on him so I thought it was the wrong time to let him stride on but he came here to learn something so I dropped in behind.
"At home sometimes when he lights up if you sit and suffer he calms down on you.
"I think he's learned something today, we didn't want to let him win on the bridle, it wasn't about coming for prize money.
"In his work on Saturday morning he went past his lead horse and went six or seven lengths clear but today when I asked him he just had a look about he was daunted by everything.
"I would not rule out the possibility of letting him use his stride if it's a small field again.
"Once he puts it all together and gets a few more races under him, he could be a really nice horse for next year as he's not small by any means.
"He's come a long way already and I'm sure he'll come on leaps and bounds again."
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