08/04/2006 12:00AM

Hamoody head winner in Richmond


Hamoody added another feather to the cap of his sire, Johannesburg, at Goodwood on Friday, when he got up late to take the Group 2, $130,000 Richmond Stakes.

The winner of a Newmarket allowance race in his July 13 debut, Hamoody is a Kentucky-bred colt out of a mare by Gulch. Ridden by Alan Munro as the 5-6 choice, he outgamed Bodes Galaxy by a head and finished the straight six furlongs in 1:10.68 on good to firm ground. Trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam will give Hamoody a brief respite before running him in Britain's definitive juvenile event, the seven-furlong Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Oct. 14, when he could run into Wednesday's Vintage Stakes winner, Strategic Prince.

In the Group 3, $93,000 Oak Tree Stakes, Red Evie came from last of nine to defeat Makderah by a half-length as the 15-8 favorite. Still undefeated after six career starts, Red Evie was timed in 1:24.94 for the seven furlongs. Trainer Michael Bell will step her up to Group 1 company next in the one-mile Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Sept. 9.

- Nannina, who runs in Saturday's Nassau Stakes at Goodwood, tested positive for a banned substance after her victory in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 23. Trained by John Gosden, Nannina will lose that Group 1 victory if a second sample returns positive.

- At Deauville on Sunday, British invader Balthazar's Gift holds a slight edge in a wide-open Group 1, $320,000 Prix Maurice de Gheest at 6 1/2 furlongs. A supplementary entry, Balthazaar's Gift was a neck second to Les Arcs in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot two starts back June 24.

The Prix Maurice de Gheest has also attracted recent Group 3 Prix de Ris-Orangis winner Presto Shinko and two-time Group 3 winner Marchand d'Or.