Qatar Gordon Stakes
Group 3, Goodwood 15:00
£100,000 added,
3yo only,
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

Cross Counter
© Racehorse Photos
Cross Counter
 
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.
 
Cross Counter is a 20/1 shot for the Melbourne Cup at Flemington in November with Coral.
 
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."

Gordon Stakes
£100,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 3f 218y, Class 1
4 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (2) Cross Counter 7/4 W Buick
9-1
C Appleby 3
2nd (4) Dee Ex Bee 6/4f S De Sousa
9-1
M Johnston 3
3rd (1) 8 Bombyx 8/1 Daniel Muscutt
9-1
J R Fanshawe 3
4th (3) 25 Sun Maiden 7/2 R L Moore
8-12
Sir Michael Stoute 3