Gwafa (right): finished fourth in a Listed contest at San Sebastian
PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
By Jack Haynes 5:37PM 15 AUG 2016
A SIXTH trip to Spain in the past four years failed to yield a winner for trainer Paul Webber although Swinton Hurdle scorer Gwafa ran a fine race to finish fourth in the Copa de Oro.
The 1m4f contest, which is the third richest Listed race in Europe worth €68,000, was won by Flanders Flame, a previous winner of the Spanish Guineas who was formerly trained by Richard Fahey and officially rated 54 in Britain.
Gwafa, a half-brother to Webber’s former stable star Australia Day, ran on strongly under Oscar Urbina in the closing stages to claim fourth on the line after being in an unpromising position on the approach to the home straight.
‘Turning in he was miles behind’
Australia Day (2012) and Tindaro (2014) have won the Tattersalls-sponsored Gran Premio de San Sebastian at the track for Webber in the past and the Cropredy-based trainer once again enjoyed the trip.
Webber said: “Things didn’t quite work out for him – he was in the stalls for a long time, was slow away and turning into the straight he was miles behind the leaders.
“He’s ran with great credit to grab fourth and it’s been another good experience for everyone involved.”