Tilsit bags dramatic Thoroughbred Stakes

Horse Racing

Turf debutant keeps race after stewards’ inquiry.

Tilsit came out on top after a dramatic climax to the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood.

A field of just five runners went to post for the Group Three contest, with Roger Varian’s hugely impressive Britannia Stakes hero Khaloosy all the rage as the 4-7 favourite.

With promising York winner My Oberon next in the betting at 3-1, Tilsit was a widely unconsidered 10-1 shot off the back of a 19-length verdict on the all-weather at Newcastle – but ultimately proved more than up to the task on his turf debut.

My Oberon led the quintet into the home straight, with Khaloosy travelling ominously in his slipstream.

However, it was the Charlie Hills-trained Tilsit who picked up best in the hands of Ryan Moore – and he looked set to sprint clear heading inside the final furlong, before hanging violently right and badly impeding My Oberon on the rail.

Moore managed to get his mount back on an even keel, and there was a length and a half between the pair at the line – with Khaloosy two and a half lengths further back in third.

The stewards inevitably called an inquiry, but the placings remained unaltered.

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