Qatar Vintage Stakes
Group 2, Goodwood 14:25
£200,000 added,
2yo only,
7f, Class 1
Tuesday 1st August 2017

Headway could be stepped up in trip in the Qatar Vintage Stakes at Goodwood following his fine effort in defeat at Royal Ascot. 

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After finding only Rajasinghe too strong in the Coventry Stakes, connections of the William Haggas-trained juvenile are now considering moving him up to seven furlongs for a crack at the Group Two contest.

Harry Herbert, racing manager for owner t he Royal Ascot Racing Club, said: "It was a hell of a performance by Headway in the Coventry. 

"He is a lovely horse and physically he is doing well. He looked a picture in the paddock at Ascot and subsequently ran a blinder.

"Like all of these races, if you ran it again you would probably get a different result. He had his path checked and had to change course and was only beaten a short way.

"He will get further and we are probably looking at Goodwood with him now. He has come out of the race well, but William is concerned he had a hard race and he would rather go cautiously with him.

"He is not short of pace and there is the Richmond Stakes, but I suspect the Vintage over an easy seven there is something that might well be his bag."

The Pentagon
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The Pentagon

At the Qatar Goodwood Festival press launch on July 17, Kevin Buckley, Coolmore's British-based representative said : "The meeting is still two weeks away but, in the Qatar Vintage Stakes, we could potentially see The Pentagon, a Galileo two-year-old who was very impressive in Ireland on Saturday."

The Pentagon romped away with a seven-furlong maiden at the Curragh on his second start, winning very easily by eight and a half lengths after finishing sixth in a similar race the month before.

George Scott's James Garfield is set to step up in both distance and class.

Third on his racecourse debut at Leicester at the end of May, the son of Exceed And Excel then ran an excellent race to occupy the same position in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot.

He made the most of having his sights lowered when dominating his rivals in a Doncaster maiden a week ago and the seven-furlong Group Two at Goodwood on August 1 could be the perfect test for his star youngster.

"He surprised me a little bit at Doncaster in the way that he responded so well to particularly easy pressure," said the Newmarket handler. 

"He hit the line extremely well and he galloped out through it. I liked the way he galloped out round the bend afterwards and I think we will now step him up to seven furlongs in the Vintage Stakes.

"I think the trip in a Vintage will suit him. He has got a little bit more experience behind him and he is a bit more relaxed.

"The seven furlongs in the Vintage will allow him to get in a better rhythm, more so than the speed of the six furlongs in the Richmond Stakes."

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Qatar Vintage Stakes 2016
£200,000 added, 2yo only, 7f, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good to Firm, Good in places

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (1) War Decree (USA) 6/4f R L Moore
A P O'Brien 2
2nd (2) Thunder Snow (IRE) 13/2 James McDonald
S bin Suroor 2
3rd (8) 1 Boynton (USA) 2/1 James Doyle
C Appleby 2
4th (7) ½ Pleaseletmewin (IRE) 33/1 Jim Crowley
R M Beckett 2
5th (3) nk Repton (IRE) 25/1 P J Dobbs
R Hannon 2
6th (6) Isomer (USA) 10/1 J P Spencer
A M Balding 2
7th (9) nk Jackhammer (IRE) 33/1 Andrea Atzeni
W J Knight 2
8th (10) Medieval (IRE) 16/1 L Morris
P F I Cole 2
9th (5) 9 Hakeem (FR) 33/1 Harry Bentley
R Hannon 2
NR (4) Larchmont Lad (IRE) 6/1 S M Levey
R Hannon 2

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