Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes
|Group 2, Goodwood 15:00
3yo plus fillies and mares,
1m 6f, Class 1
|Saturday 3rd August 2019
1 Enbihaar 7/2C
Manuela De Vega 7/2C
3 South Sea Pearl 7/2C
7 ran Distances: 5l, 1¾l, ½l
Time: 2m 58.69s (slow by 0.49s)
Enbihaar looked ready for a Group 1 challenge after confirming herself one of the most improved older fillies in training with a runaway five-length win in the G2 Qatar Lilie Langtry Stakes, and owner Hamdan Al Maktoum's racing manager Angus Gold suggested that the G1 Irish St Leger at the Curragh on September 15 could come into calculations.
She would need supplementing in order to run there, but her rate of improvement has been such that it could be money well spent. The G2 DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster the same week is among the alternatives for her.
The Redoute's Choice filly, who started 7/2 co-favourite with both the second and third, was John Gosden's fourth winner of the Qatar Goodwood Festival from only eight runners. The Newmarket handler has now saddled 40 winners at the Qatar Goodwood Festival during his career.
Gold said: "I was really impressed with her. I'm a real fan of this filly. She was quite hot and fizzy as a two-year-old but she has absolutely settled down now and loves her work. She stays surprising well for a Redoute's Choice, and she handles this fast ground. It was a really good performance with a penalty.
"She's got a magnificent stride on her, and she must be about 16.3hh, but she was light framed when we bought her and has just really developed. I'm delighted for Sheikh Hamdan, who kept her in training."
Jockey Jim Crowley suggested the Irish St Leger to Gold, who added that the Park Hill was another possibility but admitted he had not wanted to tempt fate by thinking beyond this race.
Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes, Group 2
POS (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY
1 (4) Enbihaar 4 9-9 John Gosden Jim Crowley 7/2C
£300,000 added, 3yo plus fillies and mares, 1m 6f, Class 1
Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
2 (2) 5 Manuela De Vega 3 8-9 Ralph Beckett Harry Bentley 7/2C
3 (3) 1¾ South Sea Pearl 3 8-9 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 7/2C
4 (6) ½ Flowering Peach 3 8-9 A P O'Brien Sean Levey 33/1
5 (5) nk Pilaster 4 9-6 Roger Varian David Egan David Egan 6/1
6 (1) 14 Peach Tree 3 8-9 A P O'Brien Andrea Atzeni 9/1
7 (7) 26 Dramatic Queen 4 9-6 William Haggas James Doyle 4/1