Battaash to bid for Nunthorpe glory after Goodwood masterclass

01 August 2020 02:29:32 GMTPlus10

Trainer Charlie Hills says the Nunthorpe Stakes is Battaash's next target after he superbly won the King George Qatar Stakes for a fourth-successive time on Friday.

Brilliant Battaash turned in another dominant display to claim Friday's feature race at Glorious Goodwood, smashing the track record in the process.

Finishing in a time of 55.62 seconds, breaking the previously-held 56.20 time, the six-year-old glided home in stunning fashion, finishing ahead of Glass Slippers, who was second, and Ornate in third.

Hills knows he has an exceptionally-fast performer on his hands, whose next target is the Nunthorpe on 21st August.

"He's so talented. (I'm) so very proud of him," the Lambourn-handler said afterwards. "Just to be involved with a horse like him means everything. He's not the biggest but he's just so fast.

"Further Flight is the only horse to win a pattern race five years in a row so hopefully we can come back here next year and match that; for a six-year-old he's relatively lightly raced.

"We're just looking forward to the Nunthorpe know and then the Abbaye probably but it's a strange year, no one knows what the future really holds."

For jockey Jim Crowley it's another highlight of a fine week in which he's already won upon Mohaather in the Qatar Sussex Stakes and he is well aware just how difficult Battaash is to catch when he's in full flight.

Crowley added: "He was good, he was getting a bit lonely out in front it's really hard to find horses to lead him. I just had to give him a couple of taps to keep his mind on the job.

"He's very consistent now. If a horse wants to take him on in a race, good luck to him, he's so quick."

Battaash is 1.50 to win the Nunthorpe, ahead of 556.00 Sceptical and 3.50 Art Power.

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