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Goodwood 2020: Battaash Fancied for Glorious Success

‘Glorious Goodwood’ is one of the highlights of the summer racing calendar in the United Kingdom and the 2020 edition has lived up to expectations.

The five-day meeting features a plethora of top-class action, attracting many of the best horses, jockeys and trainers from around the world.

Read on as we take a closer look at some of the standout news from the 2020 Qatar Goodwood Festival.

Battaash Aiming for Four-in-a-Row

Battaash will face just six opponents as he bids for his fourth successive King George Qatar Stakes on Friday.

Charlie Hills’ hugely talented sprinter is odds-on favourite in the horse racing betting to win the Group Two event and maintain his unbeaten record at the Sussex venue.

The six-year-old was at his brilliant best in his most recent outing, romping home in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot during June.

Glass Slippers and Liberty Beach are his main rivals, but if Battaash turns up in the same form they won’t be able to live with him.

Nazeef Set to Shine in the Nassau

John Gosden’s Nazeef will line up in the Qatar Nassau Stakes on Thursday aiming to make it seven wins in a row.

The prolific filly won her first Group One race in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket and is expected to improve for the step up to 10 furlongs.

Nazeef’s main rival is Fancy Blue, with Donnacha O’Brien’s charge hoping to follow up a narrow victory in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly.

Japanese runner Deirdre and Aidan O’Brien’s Magic Wand add further depth to a contest that could produce some fireworks.

Youngsters on a Recovery Mission

The six-furlong Qatar Richmond Stakes on Thursday features numerous horses on a recovery mission following their last outings.

Yazaman finished second to Tactical in the July Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month and is the favourite to go one better at Goodwood.

Qaader finished fourth in that race and he will need to improve if he is to turn the form around, although the quicker ground should be more suitable.

Admiral Nelson and Supremacy are other promising two-year-olds worth considering in a race that always produces a classy winner.

English King Hoping to Rule Again

English King will be out to prove a point in the John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes on Thursday having failed to live up to expectations in the Epsom Derby.

Ed Walker’s three-year-old jumped to head of the Derby betting after winning a trial at Lingfield, but could only mange fifth place in the big race at Epsom.

English King wasn’t given the best of rides by Frankie Dettori on that occasion and the Italian will be eager to make amends at Goodwood.

Khalifa Sat, Mogul, Al Aasy, Subjectivist and Highland Chief complete the field, in a race that is often a useful pointer for the St Leger at Doncaster.

Stradivarius Stars in the Gold Cup

Stradivarius made history earlier in the meeting with a remarkable performance to win the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup for the fourth successive year.

John Gosden’s star stayer was giving 15lb to Royal Ascot and Irish Derby winner Santiago, but he overcame the challenge in some style.

The six-year-old looked as if he would struggle for room on the run-in, but produced a stunning turn of foot to power to the front.

Stradivarius is now set to step back in distance to take on Gosden’s Enable in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe later this year.

Mohaather Breezes by in the Sussex

Many pundits dubbed the one-mile Sussex Stakes on Wednesday as the race of the season and it did not disappoint.

Marcus Tregoning’s Mohaather grabbed the prize, producing a devastating late burst to end the trainer’s 14-year-wait for another Group One winner.

Mohaather had previously won the Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot, one of top events in the horse racing calendar, and this victory cemented his status as the best miler in Europe.

The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot could be a target for the horse later in the season, while Tregoning hasn’t ruled out a tilt at the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland.

Murphy Shows Moore How it’s Done

While Mohaather fully deserved to win the Sussex, it is fair to say that Kameko didn’t get the run of the race as he finished in fourth place.

Jockey Oisin Murphy was badly short of room during the closing stages and would probably have finished much closer with a clear run.

Murphy took full responsibility during subsequent media interviews, citing ‘jockey error’ as the reason for Kameko’s defeat.

His attitude set a great example for others to follow, particularly Ryan Moore who is repeatedly surly and obstructive during post-race interviews.