Final Up to date: 02/08/19 3:59pm
Battaash delighted his followers with a 3rd successive victory within the King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood.
For the second yr in row, the Charlie Hills-trained speedball had discovered the now-retired Blue Level too sturdy within the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot, however he was a prohibitively-priced 1-Four favorite to assert a ninth profession win in a five-furlong Group Two he dominated in 2017 and 2018.
The five-year-old jumped out of the stalls well and after taking an early lead from outsider Ornate, he took over passing the two-furlong marker.
Simply when it seemed he would go on to file one other emphatic success, the high-class Australian mare Houtzen – making her first begin for Martyn Meade – got here from out of the pack to throw down a problem, and briefly seemed set to make an actual race of it.
Ultimately, nevertheless, Battaash was nicely on high as he handed the submit three-quarters of a size to the great, with Ornate boxing on admirably for third.