The Richard Hannon-trained Swing Low had been beaten just over two lengths into third place behind Inchinor at Newbury on his previous outings and, with the weights actually tilted a pound in his favour this time, it seemed reasonable to assume Inchinor would come off best again.
Sadly, racing is seldom so simple. At Newbury the going was officially 'good' and the distance of the race seven furlongs and 64 yards; yesterday at Goodwood the ground was 'good to firm' and there were an extra 156 yards to travel.
Swing Low made them all count. While Inchinor struggled on a surface more resilient than he cared for, Swing Low swooped in the closing stages from last to first to cut down the long-time leader, Mistle Cat, and Emperor Jones virtually on the line. There was just a length and a half between Swing Low and Half Term, who was sixth and last.
'Not bad for a horse I originally bought for 2,500 guineas,' grinned Hannon afterwards. 'He was cheap because his dam's six previous offspring failed to reach a place between them. But, believe me, he is smart and that turn of foot is something special.'
Swing Low now goes for the Prix du Moulin over a mile at Longchamp next Sunday.
Swing Low's jockey, John Reid, partnering him for the first time, was impressed: 'I felt he had a lot more to give halfway up the straight. But then loads of horses give that impression and don't deliver. But Swing Low did, and how] With luck I'll get the ride on him in France. The way they race over there should suit him.'