DANCER PUTS BEST FOOT FORWARD FOR MOORE
Mirage Dancer was backed as if defeat was out of the question in the opening G3 Bombay Sapphire Glorious Stakes and he duly delivered in emphatic style for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. The four-year-old son of Frankel returned with a comfortable success by three and a half-lengths from Ed Dunlop’s shot Red Verdon in second. Mirage Dancer was Stoute’s sixth winner of the race, whilst Moore has now won the 12-furlong contest for the last three years (Poet’s Word 2017 & King’s Fete 2016).
Moore said: “Mirage Dancer has been slowly getting better. He won on debut as a two-year-old and had to go for a few races early on as a three-year-old.
“We have always liked him. He deserved to win his Group race and he has won well today. He is getting stronger.”
GROUP RACE DOUBLE FOR STOUTE AS REGAL REALITY TAKES THE BONHAMS
Sir Michael Stoute gets a quick double on the card with Regal Reality’s one and three-quarter length victory in the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (G3) for owner-breeder Cheveley Park Stud. The three-year-old Intello colt was sent off a 10/1 chance.
Chris Richardson, racing and stud manager for Cheveley Park Stud, said: “Today we were very much on a fact-finding mission. He is a lovely horse, and exciting prospect, we stand the stallion Intello and we took a commitment five years ago to have the horse brought to England [from France] for breeders. He is a stallion we have confidence in.
DETTORI BACK TO REALITY WITH REGAL WIN
Ever the showman, Frankie Dettori treated racegoers to his trademark flying dismount following Regal Reality’s impressive length and three-quarter victory in the £100,000 G3 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes for trainer Sir Michael Stoute, registering a day four 23.2/1 double following Mirage Dancer’s success in the G3 Bombay Sapphire Glorious Stakes. Ostilio and Chief Ironside set a fierce gallop in the mile contest, but Italian jockey Dettori, produced an ice-cool ride, pouncing on his rivals at the furlong pole to score comfortably at the scenic Sussex venue. The three-year-old son of Intello was sixth to subsequent G1 St James’s Palace Stakes scorer Without Parole in the Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown in May and Dettori was impressed with the colt’s performance in today’s £100,000 event.
Dettori said: I was told he had a good turn of foot and I thought for the first five strides, he didn’t pick it up like I thought he would. However, when the turbo kicked in, I thought I was going to get there easily and I won easily in the endHe is definitely smart and Sir Michael was very keen on him when I spoke to him.
SENIORITY TAKES THE GOLDEN MILE FOR THE QUEEN
Her Majesty The Queen enjoyed her second winner in successive years at the Qatar Goodwood Festival – Fabricate, trained by Michael Bell, won the opening race in 2017 (finished second but was awarded the Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap in the stewards’ room), while today Seniority won the Unibet Golden Mile, trained by William Haggas.
Haggas said: “That was good. It was a rough race, but as with a lot of the races here, if you are travelling, you have half a chance. And this horse was always travelling really well – when the gaps come here you have to take your opportunity – if you are hesitant and take a bit time, then you invariably don’t. He showed a smart turn of foot and, in the end, won not exactly cosily, but by a not bad half length.”
The son of Dubawi finished eighth last time out at Royal Ascot in the Royal Hunt Cup, and Haggas reported: “Royal Ascot came a bit quick. We didn’t think the horse would get in the race – he won at Chelmsford and got his penalty, but Ascot was only a week later.
“He is a smart horse and he likes a fast pace and a big handicap like this suits him. We’ll get him home and have a chat – there are no plans as yet.”
BRILLIANT BATTAASH BLITZES RIVALS
The brilliant Battaash produced one of the finest sprinting performances of recent times with a sensational blitzkrieg in the £312,000 G2 King George Qatar Stakes. The Charlie Hills-trained four-year-old travelled with menace throughout the five-furlong event and displayed a potent turn of foot to put the race to bed in a matter of strides, winning readily by four lengths under Jim Crowley. The son of Dark Angel was an easy two and a quarter-length winner of the race last year and became the eighth horse in history to win the G2 event on two occasions.
The delighted trainer said: Battaash broke well and got a nice lead to the first furlong, but he just wanted to go faster and Jim just had to let him go. He is an exceptional horse and I think that could well be a career-best.
PROGRESSIVE JUVENILE DON ARMADO TAKES NURSERY
Don Armado, trained by Newmarket-based Stuart Williams who was enjoying his first Qatar Goodwood Festival victory, has now run six times in his young career, winning last time at Nottingham and backing that up today in the six-furlong Unibet Nursery.
Winning jockey Harry Bentley said: He’s a progressive colt. I thought he did everything right when he won last time at Nottingham – then he was a bit green throughout the early strides, but the penny really dropped in the final furlong there … Coming into the race today, I was pretty confident of a good run and was happy on his handicap mark of 85 – I actually won this race last year on Red Roman who was on the same mark.
BABY PROVES PRETTY FOR HAGGAS
Newmarket trainer William Haggas registered a double on day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival with the narrow success of Pretty Baby in the G3 £80,000 L’Ormarins Queens Plate Oak Tree Stakes. Ridden by Dane O’Neill, the three-year-old daughter of Orpen displayed a smart turn of foot in the closing stages to hold off the challenge of the fast-finishing Dancing Star by a neck.
Haggas said: “Dane O’Neill said the saddle went forward at the top of the bend. He rode a beautiful race on Pretty Baby, but it was not as smooth as he would have liked. It was her first time at seven furlongs and we always thought she might appreciate the step up in trip, so it was good.
PATH LEADS THE WAY FOR PERRETT
Trainer Amanda Perrett landed the concluding race on day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the Maltsmiths Handicap after the success of Desert Path in the 11-furlong event. The three-year-old son of Champs Elysees ran on strongly in the closing stages to score by a length and three-quarters under Frankie Dettori, who was registering a double on the day following Regal Reality’s victory in the G3 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes.
Perrett, who trains at Coombelands Stables in Pulborough, West Sussex, said: “Desert Path is a big, long striding horse … He has done really well in his career so far to win round the likes of Windsor and here at Goodwood with the undulations …Today was very much the plan in a better class of race to see how he got on. He’s done really well to win and we’ll see how he comes out the race now before making any future plans.”