Qatar Gordon Stakes
|Group 3, Goodwood 15:00
1m 3f 218y, Class 1
|Saturday 4th August 2018
1 Cross Counter 7/4
2 Dee Ex Bee 6/4F
3 Bombyx 8/1
4 ran Distances: 4½l, 8l, 25l
Time: 2m 31.39s (fast by 1.61s)
Cross Counter lands an easy success
Godolphin's Cross Counter glided to an impressive success in the £150,000 G3 Qatar Gordon Stakes in a course record time of 2m 31.39 under William Buick for trainer Charlie Appleby.
The three-year-old son of Teofilo
made all of the running in the 12-furlong event and made it four wins from six career starts as he readily drew clear of 6/4 favourite Dee Ex Bee, scoring by four and a half-lengths.
Buick, who partnered Wild Illusion
to victory in the G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes
for Godolphin earlier in the week, said: "It was a lovely performance from Cross Counter. Charlie has brought him on lovely and he's not the finished article yet, so there is more to come.
"He has opened up a lot of doors with this win. He is going to stay in training and is only going to keep progressing. I think he is very talented and he put a long distance between himself and his rivals.
"We didn't go an end-to-end gallop but it was an even gallop and it wasn't a falsely-run race by any means. He managed to quicken off the front again, which is always a very good sign.
"It was a track record and was a quality performance. He beat a top-quality stayer in Dee Ex Bee in second and it was great that he could make the step-up to this grade.
"Cross Counter quickened off the front. He gave me a nice feel and it was nice to see him win like that today.
"He was relentless to the line and I thought that it was a very good performance.
"Cross Counter is only going to keep on progressing and he'll make a lovely horse next season. It's lovely for a horse like him to keep on progressing through the ranks."
£100,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 3f 218y, Class 1
Going: Good to Firm
||Cross Counter 7/4
||Dee Ex Bee 6/4f
||S De Sousa
|J R Fanshawe
||Sun Maiden 7/2
||R L Moore
|Sir Michael Stoute