08/04/2006 12:00AM

Hamoody takes Richmond


Hamoody added another feather to the cap of his ace first-crop sire, Johannesburg, at Goodwood on Friday as 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 odds-on choice, he outgamed Bodes Galaxy by a head, getting 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.

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 9-5 favorite. Still undefeated after six career starts, Red Evie, an Irish-bred daughter of Intikhab, 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 was to run in Saturday's Nassau Stakes at Goodwood, has tested positive for an unnamed banned substance after her victory in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 23. She will lose that Group 1 victory if a second sample, to be tested in France, Germany, Hong Kong, or South Africa, returns positive.

* At Deauville on Sunday, supplementary entry and British invader Balthazaar's Gift, second by a neck to Les Arcs in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, holds a slight edge in a wide-open $320,000 Prix Maurice de Gheest. The 6 1/2-furlong Group 1 sprint has also attracted the attention of recent Group 3 Prix de Ris-Orangis winner Presto Shinko and two-time seven-furlong Group 3 winner Marchand d'Or.