Qatar Vintage Stakes
Group 2, Goodwood 14:35
£200,000 added,
2yo only,
7f, Class 1
Tuesday 28th July 2015

1 Galileo Gold 9/2
2 Ibn Malik 5/1
3 Palawan 16/1
NR: Air Vice Marshal (USA)
8 ran Distances: ¾l, nse, nse
TIME 1m 28.06s (slow by 4.06s)

Frankie Dettori's super summer continues as Galileo Gold lands the Qatar Vintage Stakes

Galileo Gold
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Galileo Gold

Trained by Hugo Palmer, who only recently tasted Classic glory with Irish Oaks heroine Covert Love, Galileo Gold was a 9-2 chance following successive wins at Salisbury and Haydock.

Dettori was happy to play the waiting game in the seven-furlong Group Two and remained nearer last than first leaving the back straight.

However, Galileo Gold remained full of running and when the gap came on the far side of the track, he picked up well to get to the lead and he galloped on well for a three-quarter-length victory.

Ibn Malik just held on for the runner-up spot from Palawan, who ran an excellent race having hung across the track in the straight and raced away from the action. Favourite Birchwood did not get much luck in running.

Dettori said: "It was a strong wind and everyone was trying to get cover. They are two-year-olds, so they're bound to run around a bit in the straight, but he showed a good attitude and I was very impressed.

"I got a good run through on the inside, he was very brave and quickened up very well.

"It's the first runner of the meeting for us (Al Shaqab Racing), we've started off with a winner and my boss (Sheikh Joaan) is here today.

"He's put a lot of money in this week and it's nice for him to get a bit of reward back."

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Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes
£200,000 added, 2yo only, 7f, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (9) Galileo Gold 9/2 L Dettori
H Palmer 2
2nd (3) ¾ Ibn Malik (IRE) 5/1 P Hanagan
C Hills 2
3rd (7) nse Palawan 16/1 R Hughes
R Hannon 2
4th (8) nse Twin Sails 8/1 P J Dobbs
D K Ivory 2
5th (4) Birchwood (IRE) 10/3f W Buick
R A Fahey 2
6th (2) Beaverbrook 9/1 F Norton
M Johnston 2
7th (5) Welford 12/1 J Fanning
M Johnston 2
8th (1) 8 Strong Challenge (IRE) 7/2 James Doyle
S bin Suroor 2
NR (6) Air Vice Marshal (USA) 5/2 Non Runner
A P O'Brien 2

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