Group Three win for Guildsman

Group Three win for Guildsman17 Sep 2020

Almanzor's close relation Guildsman provided his sire Wootton Bassett with his eighth Group winner when he was victorious in the Gr.3 Franklin-Simpson Stakes at Kentucky Downs in America.

Guildsman earned black-type as a two-year-old in Europe before transferring to Brendan Walsh's stable in America and has now posted consecutive Stakes wins as a three-year-old.

Fergus Galvin, who was representing Sheikh Fahad's Qatar Racing, praised Walsh for his training of the gelding.

"Brendan has done a great job with the horse," Galvin said.

"He had it mapped out from a few months ago but Sheikh Fahad has gotten a massive thrill out of him. He’s always shown a lot of promise, this horse.

"He ran in some of the bigger two-year-old races over there [Britain]. The distance, six and a half furlongs, and the configuration of the track obviously played to his advantage.”

Guildsman is a close relation to Cambridge Stud sire Almanzor as both horses are by Wootton Bassett and out of half-sisters.