Stradivarius & Dee Ex Bee head 13 going forward for G1 Qatar Goodwood Cup, highlight of day one of the Qatar Goodwood Festival

A rematch between Stradivarius (John Gosden) and Dee Ex Bee (Mark Johnston) is set to provide the best possible start to the Qatar Goodwood Festival on Tuesday, July 30. The two stayers head 13 confirmations for the highlight of day one, the £500,000 G1 Qatar Goodwood Cup (3.35pm) over two miles. A length separated the duo last time out in the G1 Gold Cup over two and a half miles at Royal Ascot on June 20, with Stradivarius coming out on top. Stradivarius, who was homebred by owner Bjorn…

Battaash & Phoenix Of Spain head Hills team for Qatar Goodwood Festival

Lambourn trainer Charlie Hills, who is enjoying a fine season, is looking forward to the Qatar Goodwood Festival (Tuesday, July 30 to Saturday, August 3), and has his big guns Battaashand Phoenix Of Spain primed for their assignments. Hills spoke today at a Goodwood Racecourse-organised media visit to his stables at Faringdon Place in Lambourn. Battaash is due to contest the five-furlong £300,000 G2 King George Qatar Stakes (Friday, August 2), a race he won in 2017 and 2018. Battaash’s victory in 2017 was a major component in the…

Stoute duo headline superb entries for Saturday’s G2 Sky Bet York Stakes

Sangarius and Regal Reality, both impressive G3 winners this season for Newmarket trainer Sir Michael Stoute, feature among 11 tremendous entries for £120,000 G2 Sky Bet York Stakes (3.15pm) this Saturday, July 27.   The extended 10-furlong contest is the highlight of a seven-race card on day two of the Music Showcase Weekend at York, with James Arthur, winner of the X Factor in 2012, performing after racing.   Sangarius readily captured the G3 Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot and the progressive Kingman colt…

Gosden trio on course for G1 highlights at Qatar Goodwood Festival, plus Japanese challenger Deirdre

  Stradivarius, Too Darn Hot and Mehdaayih headline a strong John Gosden team for the five-day Qatar Goodwood Festival, which runs from Tuesday, July 30 to Saturday, August 3.   Champion stayer Stradivarius is going for a record third straight win in the opening day highlight, the £500,000 G1 Qatar Goodwood Cup over two miles. The Mark Johnston-trained Double Trigger is the only three-time winner of the historic contest, having lifted the spoils in 1995, 1997 and 1998.   Stradivarius has looked as good as…

Enable and Cheval Grand all set for Saturday’s £1.25 million King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes at Ascot

Enable and Cheval Grand all set for Saturday’s £1.25 million King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes at Ascot   Champion trainer John Gosden is not taking anything for granted as star mare Enable takes aim at the £1.25 million G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes (3.40pm) at Ascot this Saturday, July 27.   Enable captured the 12-furlong midsummer highlight in 2017 during a glittering three-year-old campaign that saw her win five G1 races in a row, but she was unable…

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