Qatar Stewards' Cup
Heritage Handicap, Goodwood 15:35
£250,000 added,
3yo plus, 6f, Class 2   
Saturday 5th August 2017

1 Lancelot Du Lac 25/1
2 Aeolus 16/1
3 Upstaging 25/1
4 Growl 7/1
26 ran NR: Hoofalong, Polybius Distances: ¾l, nse, hd
Time: 1m 12.28s (slow by 2.58s)

Hertfordshire trainer Dean Ivory saddled his first Qatar Goodwood Festival winner today, and in one of the meeting's feature races.

Lancelot Du Lac
© Racehorse Photos
Lancelot Du Lac
Victory for the Ivory-trained Lancelot Du Lac was a second win in the contest for jockey Frankie Dettori, who succeeded on Magical Memory in 2015. Dettori made plenty of use of seven-year-old Lancelot Du Lac, keeping clear of bunching before coaxing his partner home three-quarters of a length ahead of runner-up Aeolus (16/1). Upstaging (25/1) was a further nose behind in third, a head in front of fourth-placed Growl (7/1). The 5/1 favourite Sir Dancealot was soon at the back of the 26-strong field, and finished 22nd. The starting stall positions for the first four horses were, in order: 15, 12, 7 and 8.
Dettori is not a regular rider of Ivory's horses, in contrast to Robert Winston, but the last-named jockey partnered Stake Acclaim who finished 15th, putting up a better show than his finishing position suggests. Explaining the jockey bookings, Ivory said: ""Adam Kirby was going to ride 'Lance', but was booked by Clive Cox to ride at Newmarket, and since Frankie was available I rang Ray Cochrane [Dettori's agent] and said 'there's a spare ride here'. Ray said 'Dean, I'd love him to ride the horse'. Robert was due to ride Tropics in the race, but we had to take him out on account of the soft ground, and Robert was keen to save the horse in any case. I had already booked Frankie for 'Lance', and I explained that to Robert when Tropics came out, so he accepted the ride on Stake Acclaim."
Lancelot Du Lac carried the colours of Michael and Heather Yarrow, who keep "a dozen to 14 horses" with Ivory and are among his most loyal owners, but were absent from Goodwood after booking a holiday. Ivory said: "I'm thrilled for the horse and thrilled for the owners, who really deserve to win a nice race. I always thought he had a decent race in him and I'm delighted it's this one today. I thought the ground might be a little bit too soft for him, but that rain has just freshened it all up a bit and it wasn't tacky ground.
"He did it the hard way, even though the ground wasn't perfect for him - he got a bit tired towards the end, but Frankie had guided him to the [far] rail and he kept pulling a little more out of the bag. It's wonderful to see the horse win. It wasn't the idea to jump handy, it was to get a lead, but once he got there he stayed there, and with the hood on it helped keep him up to his work.
"We'll sit tight with him now, and I'll speak to Mr and Mrs Yarrow, but we might decide after a race like that we're in no hurry. Let's put a bit back into the horse. There is the Ayr Gold Cup, and having seen him jump out and travel so well it's good to know he can do that and keep out of trouble in these big races. I know it sounds daft, but even at his age I'm still learning a bit about the horse, and being a son of Shamardal he's getting better with age.
"It's been a difficult year, and Librisa Breeze [Ivory's best horse] got into a bit of trouble [when unplaced in Tuesday's Qatar Lennox Stakes] earlier in the week, so there's a bit of a downer in the yard, but the team pulls through. We're not the biggest of yards but our horses always come first, and there's a great atmosphere among everyone that works there."

Qatar Stewards' Cup (Heritage Handicap)
£250,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 2
26 ran
Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (15) Lancelot Du Lac (ITY) 25/1 L Dettori
D K Ivory 7
2nd (12) ¾ Aeolus 16/1 P Cosgrave
Ed Walker 6
3rd (7) nse Upstaging (ex6) 25/1 David Egan (5)
P F I Cole 5
4th (8) hd Growl 7/1 Connor Murtagh (7)
R A Fahey 5
5th (3) ¾ Shanghai Glory (IRE) 14/1 F M Berry
C Hills 4
6th (4) hd Hoof It 20/1 Nathan Evans
M W Easterby 10
7th (16) ¾ Danzeno (ex6) 7/1 S De Sousa
M Appleby 6
8th (6) s.h Solar Flair 40/1 Harry Bentley
W J Knight 5
9th (20) ¾ Donjuan Triumphant (IRE) 20/1 David Probert
A M Balding 4
10th (10) nse Classic Seniority (ex12) 33/1 William Carson
Mrs Marjorie Fife 5
11th (11) nk Eastern Impact (IRE) 20/1 J Garritty
R A Fahey 6
12th (26) ½ Raucous 14/1 Jim Crowley
W J Haggas 4
13th (1) ½ Intisaab 25/1 Shelley Birkett (3)
D O'Meara 6
14th (27) s.h Projection 11/1 Kieran Shoemark
R Charlton 4
15th (14) hd Stake Acclaim (IRE) 33/1 R Winston
D K Ivory 5
16th (13) nk Duke Of Firenze 40/1 D Allan
D C Griffiths 8
17th (18) nk Poyle Vinnie 28/1 Alistair Rawlinson
M Appleby 7
18th (22) ½ Edward Lewis 33/1 Josh Doyle (3)
D O'Meara 4
19th (19) nk Harry Hurricane 50/1 F Sweeney
George Baker 5
20th (21) hd Go Far 66/1 Joshua Bryan (5)
A Bailey 7
21st (2) ½ Brian The Snail (IRE) 16/1 T Hamilton
R A Fahey 3
22nd (24) ½ Sir Dancealot (IRE) 5/1f R L Moore
D R C Elsworth 3
23rd (9) ¾ Al Qahwa (IRE) 9/1 D Tudhope
D O'Meara 4
24th (17) 5 Perfect Pasture 33/1 Andrea Atzeni
M W Easterby 7
25th (23) ¾ Mobsta (IRE) 33/1 M Dwyer
M R Channon 5
26th (28) 30 Outback Traveller (IRE) 25/1 M Harley
R M H Cowell 6
NR (25) Polybius Oisin Murphy
D M Simcock 6
NR (5) Hoofalong Non Runner
M W Easterby 7