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The Richard Fahey-trained Growl made quite an impression on his QIPCO British Champions Series debut, finishing a length second to The Tin Man in the Group One QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes on Champions Day at 50-1.

Graham Lee settled Growl in midfield early on in the six-furlong contest but made stealthy progress inside the final furlong, scything through the field to be a fast-finishing second.

The four-year-old, stepping up to Group One company for the first time, had been improving all year and finished a length and a quarter-second to Brando in the Ayr Gold Cup in September.

Fahey said: “I was delighted with that performance. Graham said he was always travelling really well and I thought he was going to run a big race so it is a great result. It was a huge run and we are happy.”

Fahey suggested a possible trip to Dubai next year could be on the cards for the four-year-old son of Oasis Dream. He remarked: “Marwan [Koukash, owner] mentioned Dubai for him when I spoke to him just now and that could be an option. He seems to go on any ground as well which helps.

“His run shows what a tough race the Ayr Gold Cup is to win and he has improved again today.”

Graham Lee, Growl’s jockey, said: “He has run a brilliant race. Everything went perfect for him in the race, we had a great run through and he has run a great race at a huge price.”

Growl won a Listed race at Doncaster on his next start before tackling the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint. Poorly drawn and sent off at 230-1, he finished last of the 13 runners.

His best effort so far in 2017 was when sixth behind Harry Angel in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

BCS Career statistics

Year Wins-2nd-3rd Prize money Group 1 wins Archived results