There was drama aplenty in the 14:15 as Tilsit and Ryan Moore took the Group 3 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes. The lightly raced son of Kingman had looked set to win decisively before then swerving across long-time leader My Oberon in the final furlong . The stewards enquiry saw the result stand, but Ryan Moore received a 5 day ban for careless riding.
One Master gets up just in time to win the Saint Clair Oak Tree StakesWatch LIVE 📺 @ITV 📱 https://t.co/fJXuj3VuSw pic.twitter.com/ixEaIppb71 — ITV Racing (@itvracing) July 31, 2020
Next up, favourite Prompting faced a number of useful challengers in the Unibet Golden Mile Handicap. The 4-year old has been in the form of his life since a change of training base at the start of this year and he certainly didn’t fancy dropping the ball today.
RESULT STANDS 🚨After a Steward’s Enquiry TILSIT keeps the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes pic.twitter.com/oOOdNz3b6y — Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) July 31, 2020
In the hands of in-form jockey Harry Bentley, Prompting looked every bit a top performer as he made short work of his rivals. The progressive miler has now won 3/3 this year and as David O’Meara plots his next move, his lucky owners, The Seaside Syndicate will no doubt have their buckets and spades ready for a day of celebration in the sunshine very soon. Then came the star of the show, the 5th member of the ‘Glorious Five’ and the fastest horse on the planet, the mighty Battaash. Coming off a searing performance in last month’s Kings Stand at Royal Ascot, Charlie Hills and the team would have been confident that he could keep his Goodwood record blemish free. In truth, victory was never in doubt. The sprinting sensation took apart his rivals, who were scrapping for the lesser placings for the majority of the Group 2 contest. If anything, the great sprinter slightly idled when he hit the front but that didn’t stop the Bat mobile from smashing the track record for 5 furlongs, a record he set only last year.
PROGRESSIVE 📈PROMPTING continues the upcurve and lands a big pot in the Unibet Golden Mile Handicappic.twitter.com/xvGgWI7nHc — Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) July 31, 2020
The day didn’t finish there, though. Pablo Escobar continued his fine Goodwood form as he landed the Group 3 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes in smart fashion. It meant that Tom Marquand and William Haggis landed a memorable Goodwood double on terrestrial tv. Victory means Tom Marquand is now just 3 winners back from Oisin Murphy in the Flat Jockeys’ Championship. Here is all the reaction to a searing performance from one of the very best sprinters we have seen for a long while…
BATTAASH doing BATTAASH things💙 Sets a new course record and wins a fourth King George 🔥🔥🔥🔥pic.twitter.com/FgUCF6PduS— Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) July 31, 2020
Battaash:— Racing Post (@RacingPost) July 31, 2020
▪️ New track record of 55.62 seconds
▪️ Average speed of just over 40mph
In this heat too 😱
"If a horse wants to take him on a race, good luck to him"@JimCrowley1978 chats to @MCYeeehaaa after Battaash's dominant display to win his FOURTH Qatar King George Stakes— ITV Racing (@itvracing) July 31, 2020
📱 https://t.co/fJXuj3VuSw pic.twitter.com/nNRMeoaIan
55.62 seconds 👀— Sun Racing (@SunRacing) July 31, 2020
Battaash smashes his own course record and wins a fourth King George Stakes
A monster ✈️