Qatar King George Stakes

Group 2, Goodwood 15:35
£300,000 added,
3yo plus,
5f, Class 1
  
Friday 3rd August 2018

Last year's winner, the Charlie Hills-trained  Battaashfeatures among 25 remaining entries (up from 24 in 2017) for the 2018 G2 King George Qatar Stakes. The five-furlong contest is the highlight of day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival on Friday, August 3 and boasts a £300,000 prize fund.
 
Battaash registered an impressive success in the 2017 renewal of the G2 King George Qatar Stakes, scoring by two and a quarter-lengths under Jim Crowley. He ended 2017 as the highest-rated five-furlong performer in the world after a spectacular victory in the G1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp.
 
The four-year-old son of Dark Angel, who finished creditable second to Godolphin's Blue Point in the G1 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19, is aiming to be the eighth dual winner of the Goodwood sprint.
 
Take Cover
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Take Cover
David Griffiths' stable star Take Cover could become the first three-time winner of the race, following wins in 2014 and 2016.
 
The evergreen 11-year-old remains in good heart, recording Listed victories at Beverley and Dundalk, plus taking a G3 contest at Newbury at the backend of last season, after finishing fourth to Battaash in the 2017 renewal of the King George Qatar Stakes.
 
The son of Singspiel was a creditable third under top-weight in a conditions event at Beverley on June 19 and next heads to York for the City Walls Stakes at York (July 14), a contest he won in 2014 and 2017.
 
Griffiths, based at Martin Hall Farm in Bawtry, revealed: "Take Cover is in fine fettle and has come out of his latest race at Beverley in good form.
 
"He was third that day, but he was giving an awful lot of weight away to his rivals, so all in all, we were pleased with the performance.
 
"He will now head back to the City Walls Stakes, a race he is bidding to win for the third time, before heading to Goodwood again for the King George Qatar Stakes.
 
"I think he likes Goodwood because it is a quick track. He likes the undulations of the course and just seems well suited to the track in general - he loves going down that hill.
 
"Goodwood is one of the quickest five furlongs in the country and he relishes the track.
 
"He still seems to love the game at the age of 11. He won three Listed races and a G3 event last season and has been a stable star throughout his career.
 
"Take Cover is a pleasure to have in the yard and it would be special if he were to win the King George Qatar Stakes for a third time."

Griffiths could also saddle 2013 Dash winner  Duke Of Firenze, who finished a creditable sixth in this year's renewal of the five-furlong handicap at Epsom Downs.

Duke Of Firenze
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Duke Of Firenze
 
The nine-year-old son of Pivotal heads to the Curragh this Saturday, June 30, for the Tote Rockingham Handicap over five furlongs, but the King George Qatar Stakes is also under consideration for the gelding.
 
Griffiths remarked: "Duke Of Firenze ran well in the Dash at Epsom and it a completely different horse to Take Cover in many ways.
 
"He was seventh in the Temple Stakes at Haydock behind Battaash, but the ground was a bit too quick for him on that occasion as he would like some cut.
 
"He runs at the Curragh on Saturday and we're hopeful of a good performance. They do a great job with the track out there and hopefully conditions will suit.
 
"If the ground isn't too quick, he would have a good chance in the race.
 
"We have entered him in the King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood and we may well take up that option.
 
"We will see how he is after the Curragh and how he gets on, but it's a race we wanted to enter him in and we'll think strongly about running."
 
Aidan O'Brien, Britain and Ireland's champion trainer, has made 10 entries, headed by G1 the King's Stand Stakes sixth and eighth, Different League and Washington DCas well as unexposed three-year-olds Murillo and Dali, with the latter having recorded a comfortable two-length victory in Listed company at Naas on June 18.
 
Havana Grey (Karl Burke) tasted success at the 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival when winning the G3 Markel Insurance Molecomb Stakes, also over five furlongs. Havana Grey finished sixth to Battaash in the G2 Temple Stakes on his latest outing.
 
2015 King George Qatar Stakes winner Muthmir (William Haggas) returned to the winner's enclosure when relishing the step into Listed company in the Achilles Stakes at Haydock on June 9, whilst speedball Kachy (Tom Dascombe), third to Battaash in the Temple Stakes at Haydock in May, is also entered for the King George Qatar Stakes.
 
The unexposed  Equilateral, a disappointing 12th in the G1 Commonwealth Cup over six furlongs at the Royal Meeting, could join stable companion Battaash in the line-up, whilst  Dreamfield (John Gosden), narrowly touched off when the 2/1 favourite for the ultra-competitive six-furlong Wokingham Handicap, also features among the entries for the five-furlong G2 contest.

Betfred King George Stakes (Group 2)
£300,000 added, 3yo plus, 5f, Class 1
25 remaining entries
Six-day confirmations and £15,000 supplementary stage July 28, final declarations 10am August 1.

Horse
Age
Owner
Trainer
A MOMENTOFMADNESS
5
Tony Wechsler & Ann Plummer
Charles Hills  
ACTRESS (IRE)
3
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
BATTAASH (IRE)
4
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Charles Hills  
BATTLE OF JERICHO (USA)
3
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
DALI (USA)
3
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
DECLARATIONOFPEACE (USA)
3
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
DIFFERENT LEAGUE (FR)
3
P Brant/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
DREAMFIELD
4
Godolphin
John Gosden  
DUKE OF FIRENZE
9
Adlam,Damary-Thompson,Wilson,Griffiths
David Griffiths
EQUILATERAL
3
Khalid Abdullah
Charles Hills  
FLEET REVIEW (USA)
3
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
GORANE (IRE)
4
Clipper Logistics Group Ltd
Henry de Bromhead IRE
HAVANA GREY
3
Global Racing Club & Mrs E Burke
Karl Burke 
HEARTACHE
3
Hot To Trot Racing
Clive Cox  
INTELLIGENCE CROSS (USA)
4
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
KACHY
5
David Lowe
Tom Dascombe  
KYLLANG ROCK (IRE)
4
Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum
James Tate  
MAIN DESIRE (IRE)
3
Clipper Logistics
Michael Bell  
MURILLO (USA)
3
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
MUTHMIR (IRE)
8
Hamdan Al Maktoum
William Haggas  
SIOUX NATION (USA)
3
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
SOLDIER'S MINUTE
3
Weldspec Glasgow Limited
Keith Dalgleish  
STONE OF DESTINY
3
King Power Racing Co Ltd
Andrew Balding  
TAKE COVER
11
Norcroft Park Stud
David Griffiths
WASHINGTON DC (IRE)
5
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE