Latest Horse Racing News (Week 1 August 2018)

Gifted Master wins Steward’s Cup

20-1 shot, Gifted Master beat Justanotherbottle in a dramatic finish to win the Steward’s Cup at Glorious Goodwood. Ridden by jockey Jason Watson, Gifted Master was seen trailing in the last stages, but he edged ahead just in time on the line to finish first. The 9-1 shot Growl finished in third position while pre-race favourite 9-2 Foxtrot Lady came sixth. Trainer Hugo Palmer described Gifted Master to be the star of his team and as a horse with “real class”. “It was a hell of a ride. He was very patient and he has a cool, calm head on him. He put his head right down on the line”, he added. The race result really delighted jockey Jason Watson, who received much support from his friends and family during the race, being a local to Goodwood. Watson, who is already considered to be among the next big things, said,” it is a massive win to get. This time last year, I was watching the race on television and never did I think that I would be here riding in it.”


Battaash’s back-to-back victory at King George Stakes

Battaash became the first horse to have two consecutive wins at the Group Two King George Stakes. With jockey Jim Crowley atop him, the pre-race 8-11 favourite beat two winners of the King George Stakes, Muthmir and Take Cover. Crowley exclaimed that Battaash was as fast as the “Batmobile” or an “unreal machine”. He said,” He dragged me to the front today. He is so enthusiastic. There is no horse fast enough in Europe, it was a great performance”. Crowley also added,” When the gates open, it is a buzz riding this horse. It is a great pleasure winning with him.” Battaash’s win was a huge relief for trainer Charlie Hill, who has been having a rough season so far. Hills said to reporters,”It was pretty special. Battaash is some horse. I am so pleased with the way he is behaving and improving. Racing does horses so much good and he has confidence in the people looking after him, they have a great relationship.”


Sharjah claims victory at Galway Hurdle

Despite the heavy ground, Sharjah surged over the last hurdle, beating stable-mate Blazer to win the Galway Hurdle. Ridden by jockey Patrick Mullins, the top weight horse was a 12-1 shot before the race. Sharjah’s win made for the third victory of that day for the Mullins stable, with Minella Beau having won the Beginners Chase and the Novice Hurdle been taken by Calie Du Mesnil. On the same day at Ballybrit, Rashaan won the Grade Three Novice Chase with jockey Davy Russell on board while Yulong Gold Fairy claimed victory at the Fillies Stakes.