Qatar Lennox Stakes
|Group 2, Goodwood 14:45
7f, Class 1
|Tuesday 28th July 2020|
1 Space Blues 2/1F
2 Duke Of Hazzard 5/1
3 Escobar 40/1
11 ran NR: Beat Le Bon, Bless Him
Distances: 2l, ½l, ½l Time: 1m 27.48s (slow by 3.48s)
SPACE BLUES💙 bolts up in the Qatar Lennox Stakespic.twitter.com/U4P9kQ112n— Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) July 28, 2020
Space Blues (Charlie Appleby/William Buick) was the comfortable winner of the seven-furlong grade two contest for Godolphin.
The four-year-old Space Blues, seeking a hat-trick following a Listed win at Haydock and a French Group Three, was settled towards the rear of the field by William Buick as Marie’s Diamond set out to make all.
Glorious Journey and Pierre Lapin were also prominent in the early exchanges, with Buick tracking Escobar through the field until producing his mount approaching the last of seven furlongs.
Space Blues showed an excellent change of gear when Buick kicked, soon pulling clear and going on two win by two lengths as the 2-1 favourite.
Duke Of Hazzard kept on for second after struggling to find a gap at one point- while Escobar was third, despite appearing to get a slight bump from Space Blues as he made his winning move.
Appleby was impressed, and may head back to France next with Space Blues.
“It was a pleasing performance,” said the Newmarket trainer.
“He was the class horse in the race. I always felt he travelled into it really well and he got a good run into it.
“As per usual at Goodwood I’m sure there are a few hard-luck stories down on the rail. William gave him a nice ride and had a nice clean run at it.”
Space Blues’ next race will depend how quickly he recovers from his exertions.
Appleby added: “If he bounces well out of this I see no reason why we can’t look at the Maurice de Gheest on August 9.
“It comes up quick – it is only 10 days away. We will see how he bounces out of it, but it could be a potential target.
“He does deserve a big one, because he has knocked on the door enough times now. It would be nice for him to get a Group One tag around his neck if we can.
“He has definitely strengthened for sure.
“He is still what I call a ‘feminine’ Dubawi, but he is a great traveller and has proved he is a seven-furlong specialist.
“It would be lovely to drop him back to six and a half in the Maurice de Gheest – and if there is pace in the race it would give him something to aim at.”
Qatar Lennox Stakes, Group 2
£100,000 added, 3yo plus, 7f, Class 1
Going: Good, Good to Soft (in places)
1 (10) Space Blues 4 9-3 Charlie Appleby William Buick 2/1
2 (6) 2 Duke Of Hazzard 4 9-3 Paul & Oliver Cole David Probert 5/1
3 (7) ½ Escobar 6 9-3 David O'Meara Daniel Tudhope 40/1
4 (1) ½ Safe Voyage 7 9-3 John Quinn Jason Hart 9/2
5 (3) ½ Sir Dancealot 6 9-3 David Elsworth Gerald Mosse 6/1
6 (8) nse D'Bai t 6 9-3 Charlie Appleby Frankie Dettori 12/1
7 (2) ¾ Marie's Diamond 4 9-3 Mark Johnston Silvestre De Sousa 9/1
8 (4) 1½ Graignes 4 9-3 George Baker Adam Kirby 33/1
9 (9) 3 Glorious Journey 5 9-6 Charlie Appleby James Doyle 25/1
10 (13) nse Pierre Lapin 3 8-10 Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni 25/1
11 (12) ¾ History Writer 5 9-3 David Menuisier Jason Watson 100/1
NR 2 (5) Beat Le Bon 4 9-3 Richard Hannon NON RUNNER
NR 3 (11) Bless Him 6 9-3 David Simcock NON RUNNER