08/01/2006 12:00AM

Iffraaj decisive winner of Group 2 Lennox


Iffraaj gave nothing else a chance in the Group 2, $279,000 Lennox Stakes on Tuesday as he sped to a four-length victory in the opening day feature at Goodwood in England.

Narrowly denied at Newmar-ket's meeting when he failed to run down Les Arcs by a head in the six-furlong Group 1 July Cup, the 3-2 Iffraaj was ridden more prominently in second place by Frankie Dettori this time. The 5-year-old Iffraaj assumed command just inside the quarter pole and drew off to defeat 40-1 longshot Jedburgh, getting the seven furlongs in 1:25.58 on good ground.

Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, Iffraaj was transferred from his previous owner, Ahmed al Maktoum, to Godolphin after having won both the Wokingham Handicap and the Group 2 Park Stakes last year. If the Lennox is any indication, he appears capable of staying a mile in group race company.

On the same card, the 2-year-old filly Enticing gave Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stables a homebred Group 3 victory in the five-furlong Molecomb Stakes. Ridden by Michael Hills, the 3-1 Enticing outdueled the colt Wi Dud by a short head to remain undefeated after three starts. Her trainer, Bill Haggas, said that Enticing might ultimately take on older horses this year in the Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp, a race in which her dam, Superstar Leo, finished second for the Jacksons in 2000.

On Thursday's card, Yeats will take center stage in the Group 2 Goodwood Cup at two miles. Arguably the best stayer in the world, the Aidan O'Brien-trained Yeats looked awesome last time out winning the 2 1/2-mile Ascot Gold Cup by four lengths off an eight-month absence. Michael Kinane replaces Kieren Fallon aboard Yeats, who will be tried once again by the Andre Fabre-trained Gold Cup runner-up Reefscape.