Sprinters were the centre of focus on the fourth and penultimate day of Glorious Goodwood, 11 of them taking their chance in the 5f Group 2 King George Stakes and it was a thriller with at least half the field in contention entering the final furlong.

It was then Khaadem and Ryan Moore emerged from the melee to dominate for owner Fitri Hay and trainer Charlie Hills, ultimately winning cosily.

Hills saddled Battaash to win this contest for Sheikh Hamdan in four consecutive years (2017-20) and this 6yo Dark Angel gelding, bred by Yeomanstown Stud, initially raced in the famous blue and white silks.

Winner of the course and distance Stewards’ Cup Handicap in 2019, he started this season with two Meydan outings before returning to Europe to land the 5f Group 3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket. This was his first official start since, after an absence of 90 days although he did line up for the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot when he exited the stalls jockeyless.

Hills said: "He was breathtaking when he won the Stewards' Cup here, he won so decisively and then we probably were a bit carried away and put him in the deep end a little bit too quick. It's just taken a bit of time for him to grow up mentally.

"He was really good when he won the Palace House. Even without a jockey he made some serious ground up to finish alongside Nature Strip at Royal Ascot. He's a good horse, a fast horse and a great looking horse.

"Fast ground is what he needs. We'll have a look at some Group Ones. As long as the ground is fast but he does need some time between his races.”

The Group 3 Glorious Stakes, over 1m4f proved a memorable occasion for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin, Rebel’s Romance leading close home under William Buick to deny stable companion Kemari, the mount of Frankie Dettori.

The homebred 4yo Dubawi gelding is actually unbeaten on turf, albeit after just two outings, having won a Listed race at Newmarket in late June.

His main claim to fame is arguably his victory at Meydan in the 2021 Group 2 UAE Derby, on dirt.

Buick said: "He's never been on a track anywhere like this so full credit to him. I thought he did very well and was very tenacious. He showed a lot of good battling qualities and he stayed very well. He can get further.

"It's great to be top jockey at the meeting, to come to these big meetings, it's tough. The expectations are high. It's a privilege to be able to ride these top horses."

For 3yos over a mile, the Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes went to Germany with the valiant Rocchigiani fighting off all challengers over the final furlong to land the spoils under Tom Marquand in the silks of Stall Domstadt for trainer Peter Schiergen.

It was arguably a biggest career success to date for the Time Test colt who did win in similar company as a juvenile at Baden-Baden in September last year.

Schiergen said: “The best horse won. He’s a nice horse and his form in Germany is very good. We were attracted to the 1600m and of course in coming to race at Goodwood. He’s my first winner here, from not many runners.

“We have some nice horses and we might bring this horse back to England for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.”