By Duane Fonseca
Battaash proved his class on the hallowed green strip of Goodwood yet again Friday when winning the Group 2 King George Stakes for the third time.
Owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Battaash, trained by Charles Hills and ridden by Jim Crowley, took an early lead and never looked in any kind of trouble during the course of the 1000m contest.
At the post, Battaash was a comfortable three fourths of a length ahead of Houtzen trained by Martyn Meade, who finished well under Ryan Moore. Ornate was a further two and half lengths behind in third.
Hills said: "It is very nerve-wracking. It's such a pleasure to be involved with a horse like this and this is the first time any horse has won three King Georges. It's quite emotional. He really is a special horse."
Crowley added: "He's super and he just loves it here. He probably wasn't doing a lot in front today actually.
"He jumped well and I didn't want to take him out the race today – he saw plenty of daylight. We weren't hanging around and he was just looking around a bit."
A trip to York could be on the cards for the 5yo Dark Angel gelding with Hills adding: "Sheikh Hamdan is very keen to go to York, it's good timing to go there. He's never won there before, I'm still scratching my head about that, but there's no reason why he shouldn't handle a track like that. We'll probably go to Ireland after that, all being well."