Qatar Lennox Stakes
|Group 2, Goodwood 15:00
7f, Class 1
|Tuesday 30th July 2019
1 Sir Dancealot 6/1
2 Hey Gaman 5/2F
3 Suedois 8/1
9 ran NR: Pretty Baby Distances: 1l, 1l, nk
Time: 1m 28.10s (slow by 4.10s)
The David Elsworth-trained Sir Dancealot became the second horse to win back-to-back renewals of the G2 Qatar Lennox Stakes with a smooth success in the seven-furlong contest.
Ridden by Gerald Mosse, the five-year-old quickened up smartly to by a length from the James Tate-trained 5/2 favourite Hey Gaman in second.
Sir Dancealot is just the second horse after Nayyir (Gerard Butler, 2002 and 2003) to win multiple renewals of the G2 event (it was upgraded to G2 status in 2003).
Newmarket trainer Elsworth said: "It is lovely to win this race again with Sir Dancealot. He was pretty good today. He took up a furlong out and didn't look like getting caught.
"Sir Dancealot has contested all the six and seven furlongs races over the last couple of years. He won the Rockingham as a two-year-old and has always been a very good horse.
"The trainer has been a bit over ambitious and pushed him a little bit to reach his true heights. He won this race last year and then went on to win the Hungerford Stakes
. He will probably go back to Newbury for the Hungerford Stakes again now.
"That is our first winner since April [Dandhu
, G3 Fred Darling Stakes
, Newbury, April 13]. It has been a bit of a famine for everyone in the yard, but one or two horses have been running alright.
"We haven't lost our nerve and it is great for these owners to have another big winner. We are all cock-a-hoop and we are going to get pissed.
"It is a well-worn cliché that you say "it is down to the staff and everything," but it really is. It is full credit to them because they have been fantastic. We only win Group races anyway!"
Mosse also rode the five-year-old in the 2018 renewal of the G2 event and he was delighted to record another big-race success on Sir Dancealot.
He said: "When you have a horse as good as Sir Dancealot, it makes your ride look much easier and better.
"I had the best horse in the race and the trainer told me to ride him how I feel. He did not want to give me instructions from an inside draw.
"They went a good gallop and I took my time. Last year's race was a little more complicated, but today I wanted to give him more room and in three strides he went by them. He was playing with them."
Qatar Lennox Stakes, Group 2
POS DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY
1 Sir Dancealot 5 9-3 David Elsworth Gerald Mosse 6/1
£300,000 added, 3yo plus, 7f, Class 1
2 1 Hey Gaman 4 9-3 James Tate Frankie Dettori 5/2
3 1 Suedois 8 9-3 David O'Meara Adam Kirby 8/1
4 nk Speak In Colours 4 9-3 Joseph O'Brien Wayne Lordan 8/1
5 ½ Flaming Spear 7 9-3 Dean Ivory Joey Haynes 16/1
6 1 Space Traveller 3 8-10 Richard Fahey Daniel Tudhope 7/1
7 ½ Zaaki 4 9-3 Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore 100/30
8 ½ Donjuan Triumphant 6 9-3 Andrew Balding Silvestre De Sousa 20/1
9 ½ Breton Rock 9 9-3 David Simcock Andrea Atzeni 33/1
NR 121-10 Pretty Baby 4 9-0 William Haggas NON RUNNER