Winning start for Desert Water

A round-up of the early action from Tuesday's meeting at Goodwood as Richard Hannon sent out a winning newcomer.

Jim Crowley riding Saunter win the Levin Down Maiden Stakes at Goodwood

Richard Hannon was slightly surprised after Desert Water made a winning debut in the EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Goodwood.

While no stranger to sending out first-time winners, the Marlborough handler expected the daughter of Sepoy to be in need of the run in the one-mile contest.

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Despite her inexperience, the 14/1 shot came with a strong late run around the outside of the field before sticking her head down well to hold off the challenge of joint-favourite Dubara by a neck.

Hannon said: "She is a nice filly but I thought she would need it. She got the trip well and showed she has a willing attitude. She has a good turn of foot.

"She has surprised me a bit though as I thought she would get tired, but she was obviously fit enough. She will improve for that massively. There are no big entries yet but that will obviously change, while she looks like she will go further.

"She might get a mile and a quarter one day. We could have a look at a conditions race next."

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