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Grand Armee Relation Impresses On Debut

Thursday, 18th February 2016

Godolphin looks to have another smart prospect on its hands after well bred 3YO Chetwood registered a stylish debut victory at Canterbury yesterday. Trainer John O'Shea indicated the son of Exceed And Excel was destined for much better races after coasting to a dominant 3.8-length win in the Ranvet Maiden Handicap over 1200 metres. "He is a big leggy bugger but James rode him well. Hopefully he has a couple more wins in him," O'Shea told Sky Racing. "He reminds me a lot of a horse we have called Vashka. He has a similar demeanour and is by the same stallion, so if he end sup as good as Vashka we will be very happy." O'Shea said he believes Chetwood possesses all the attributes of a good horse. "He has a good level in him. Its just a matter of how far we go with him this time. He's been a lovely sound horse who has just needed time to furnish into his big frame but he seems to have done that," he said. "He's from a family of very good horses so hopefully he's another one." From the Marauding mare Eldarin, Chetwood is a three-quarter brother to Gr3 NJC Spring Stakes winner Mearas (Redoute's Choice) and hails from the outstanding Voltage family of 7-time Gr1 winner Grand Armee, Gr1 Rosehill Guineas winner Dealer Principal, Gr1 Australasian Oaks winner Anamato, Gr1 Oakleigh Plate winner Drum, champion Hong Kong sprinter Absolute Champion, and Gr1 South African Derby winner Wylie Hall.

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