The fifth and final day of an enthralling Glorious Goodwood featured the 1m6f Group 2 Lillie Langtry Stakes, a staying contest for fillies and mares, was almost stolen by Jason Hart aboard Urban Artist, the pair clear for most of the race, only to be denied in the final furlong by Sea La Rosa under Tom Marquand.

 

A 4yo daughter of Sea The Stars trained by William Haggas for Sunderland Holding, she was recording her sixth success after 13 starts and was posting her biggest victory to date, although previously a winner in both Listed and Group Three company.

 

Marquand said: "It was a tough one. We know Urban Artist stays really well and you can't let them stride away from you going down the hill.

"This filly gives you great confidence and she travels so strongly. That's the hard bit when you have one loose on the front end and you have to time it so you're catching without setting yourself up for the second wave.

"She has a huge heart and stays really well."

Trainer’s wife Maureen Haggas added: "She's a lovely filly, improving and tough as old boots.

"Today was a weird race, she's tough and she seemed to stay well. It was a pretty stern test and she'll know she's had a race today. She's improving all the time and she's won a Group Two now so there's only one place to go.

"She's not very big but she's done nothing but improve and now she's pretty good. A hard, gritty little thing. She's great really. The first time at Haydock this year she pulled Tom's arms out the whole way and still won.

"If she could win a Group One it would be fantastic, that's what you're trying to do. She's hard as nails and gives everything, she's very admirable.”

 

The main support race, the 6f ‘cavalry charge’, the Stewards’ Cup, a heritage handicap was an absolute thriller with Tabdeed and Commanche Falls locked in a duel throughout the final stages. The verdict went the way of the latter who, on persevering, became the first dual winner of the prestigious handicap, since 1968.

He also won the race last year when ridden by Connor Beasley, as he was here, for trainer Michael Dods and owners Doug Graham, Ian Davison & Alan Drysdale.

 

Earlier, Godolphin’s Trawlerman won a competitive 1m6f handicap under Benoit De La Sayette for John & Thady Gosden.