QREC-sponsored Qatar Goodwood Festival concludes tomorrow


The curtain will fall on the 2019 renewal of the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC)-sponsored Qatar Goodwood Festival tomorrow Saturday at the world’s most beautiful racecourse, which has been home for racing for over 200 years. The finale of the five-day Festival will have a seven-race card, including six races sponsored by Qatar.

The events of Day 4 (August 2) of the Festival included several black type races. QREC CEO, Nasser bin Sherdia Al-Kaabi, presented the trophy of the Gr 2 Qatar King George Stakes to Sheikh Hamadan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, owner of the winner “Battash”.

Qatar King George Stakes (Gr 2)

Battaash, with Jim Crowley in the saddle, had a record-breaking third successive win in the £312,000 G2 King George Qatar Stakes. The winning margin over the Martyn Meade-trained Houtzen was just three-quarters of a length, but it was another impressive performance from the Charlie Hills-trained gelding. The David Griffiths-trained Ornate was third.

L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes (Gr 3)

Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Attiyah’s Baghdad beaten in last strides

The David Simcock-trained and J P Spencer-ridden Desert Encounter won the £100,000 Gr 3 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Mirage Dancer was second while the Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Attiyah-owned and Mark Johnston-trained Baghdad was third. Baghdad did very well and was the leader throughout the race except for the last few strides.

Theo Fennell Oak Tree Stakes (Gr 3)

Billesdon Brook, winner of the 2018 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, took the £80,000 G3 Theo Fennell Oak Tree Stakes for trainer Richard Hannon and jockey Sean Levey. The four-year-old filly broke the Goodwood track record for seven furlongs in the process in a time of 1min 23.75s. She beat the David O’Meara-trained Perfection by a neck, with the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Jubiloso another three-quarters of a length back in third.

Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (Gr 3)

The Paul Cole-trained and PJ McDonald-ridden Duke Of Hazzard came from off the pace to beat the Roger Varian-trained Turjomaan by half a length in the £100,000 G3 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes. The Roger Charlton-trained Momkin was third.  

Unibet Golden Mile Handicap (Class 2)

Beat The Bon’s victory in the £150,000 Unibet Golden Mile Handicap gave trainer Richard Hannon the second leg of a double on the day. The three-year-old colt, ridden by Pat Dobbs, broke the course record for a mile in 1min 35.28s. He finished a length ahead of the Mark Johnston-trained Vale Of Kent. The David O’Meara-trained Escobar was third.

Unibet Nursery Handicap (Class 2)

Homespin’s victory in the £25,000 Unibet Nursery Handicap was a fifth of the 2019 Qatar Goodwood Festival for trainer Mark Johnston, and means Johnston has now trained a record 83 winners at the meeting in total over the years. Homespin was ridden by James Doyle and finished a length and a quarter in front of the Richard Fahey-trained Dylan De Vega. The Richard Spencer-trained Born To Destroy was third.

TDN Australia Handicap (Class 3)

The Roger Varian-trained and Andrea-Atzeni-ridden won the £25,000 TDN Australia Handicap (Class 3). The Mark Johnston-trained Sapa Inca was second while the John Gosden-trained Harrovian was third.