By Duane Fonseca
Shadwell retained rider Jim Crowley claimed a superb double on the fourth day of Glorious Goodwood, but he was denied in his bid to guide Battaash to a fifth success in the Group 2 King George Stakes by gusty French filly Suesa, who showed no mercy in annihilating the rest of her 12 rivals in the 1000m contest, the feature event of the fourth day’s card.
A 7yo Dark Angel gelding, Battaash travelled strongly in the front of the field with the stands-side running Suesa second from last. It looked like Crowley and Battaash would dominate all the way to the finish as the pair continued to hold command, however, William Buick wasn’t done aboard the Francois Rohaut schooled Suesa, a 3yo Night Of Thunder filly who had finished eighth in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.
And As Buick angled out for a clear run towards the rail, Suesa picked up sharply to leave the rest in her trail and win by three lengths from the Archie Watson trained and Oisin Murphy ridden Dragon Symbol. Finishing a further length and a half in arrears was Glass Slippers for trainer Kevin Ryan and jockey Tom Eaves.
Winning rider Buick commented: “She’s an absolute sweetheart and I rode her in the Commonwealth at Ascot and the ground was very bad.
“I probably learned a lot that day. She’s full of speed and came back to five today and travelled through the race so smoothly. She was hard on the bridle the whole way and then she has that kick at the finish.
“Today was better conditions for her and Mr Rohaut was adamant she was in good shape. It’s great to get the ride and she’s a very good filly.”
Battaash settled for seventh, with his trainer Charlie Hills declaring: “Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. He had a good trip and a lot of the pace was on this side of the track. He came into it travelling nice and strong and he probably didn’t handle the ground as well as he could have done.
“We are happy and he’s been doing everything he would have done in the last couple of years, I was just a bit concerned about the going. We’ll see how he comes out of the race and speak to the Shadwell management and Sheikha Hissa and decide where we go.”
Crowley enjoyed much luck earlier on the card. First, the William Haggas conditioned Baeed produced one of the best performances of his four race unbeaten career to win the Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes over 1600m by a massive six and a half lengths from the Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum owned El Drama, then a little over half an hour later Maydanny returned to winning ways after landing the Golden Mile Handicap with a length and three fourths win over Rhoscolyn.
Baeed, a 3yo Sea The Stars colt, made it four from four under Crowley, looming up on the outside in the final two furlongs to win in dramatic fashion as Tasman Bay placed third behind Dee Stakes winner El Drama, trained by Roger Varian and ridden by Andrea Atzeni.
Baeed underlined his status as one of the top milers in Europe with that performance and trainer William Haggas said: “That was very impressive. I’m thrilled because I wasn’t sure about the ground but every time he runs he keeps putting in that sort of level or performance.
“It’s fantastic. Jim said a loose shoe came flying off on the way round and missed him by very little.
“I can't see any point going up in trip at the moment, what's the point? We’ll keep him at a mile and he's in the Prix Jacques Le Marois, the Celebration Mile and the Prix du Moulin.”
Crowley said: “He's got an engine on him. He was a bit slow from the gate and I was happy to sit out back early on and get in a nice rhythm. He was going really nicely when I pulled him out. He really is a proper horse, you’d like to think he’s a Group 1 horse but you never know until they go and do it.”
Maydanny clinched the Golden Mile Handicap under Crowley for Mark Johnston’s yard. The trainer said: “It’s great, it’s particularly special with that family, anything out of Attraction. He’s another horse we were very hesitant about this week with the soft ground, we weren’t sure if he could handle it but he’s done it really well, he obviously likes this track.”
Godolphin handler Saeed bin Suroor celebrated victory in the 2400m Group 3 Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes after Passion And Glory managed to hold on to victory by a neck under Oisin Murphy from Jim Goldie’s fast finishing Euchen Glen with Paul Mulrennan up. A further neck back in third was Andrew Balding’s Fox Tal, the ride of David Probert.
Emirati handler Bin Suroor said: “His last three runs he improved and even today, I wasn’t sure about the ground and he handled it really well. Now I think I’m going to take him to Baden-Baden, Germany, for the Group One there in September.
“I’ve always liked him, but there’s always been tiny problems that have stopped him. But he’s sound and he has improved from every race and he’s doing good.”
Elsewhere on the card, Pat Dobbs and Richard Hughes joined forces to land the 4100m Goodwood Handicap with Calling The Wind, while Ever Given nailed the 1200m Nursery Handicap for trainer Tom Dascombe and jockey Daniel Tudhope. The final race of the afternoon, a 2200m handicap went to the Haggas trained and Ryan Moore driven Wink Of An Eye.