Qatar Richmond Stakes
|Group 2, Goodwood 14:25
6f, Class 1
|Thursday 1st August 2019|
1 Golden Horde 15/2
2 Threat 11/8F
3 Royal Dornoch 25/1
13 ran Distances: ¾l, 3l, ½l
Time: 1m 11.01s (slow by 1.31s)
The two-year-old son of Lethal Force, who was also trained by Cox, held off the sustained challenge of the well-supported 11/8 favourite Threat, trained by Richard Hannon, to score by three-quarters of a length in the six-furlong event.
Golden Horde was a fine fifth in the G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot back in June and the Lambourn handler was delighted with today’s victory.
He said: “Golden Horde did it well today. Adam said he felt like his father [Lethal Force] throughout the race. He didn’t feel like he was going very fast.
“Golden Horde is a joy to have. He is improving all the time. He has a bit of size and scope.
“We bought him at the Doncaster Sales last year (£65,000) and we always knew he would keep improving throughout the season with his size.
“Even in his work at home and just saddling him today, we’ve really got him where we want him. He has progressed with racing and it’s just great to have another top horse.
“He is a different colour to Lethal Force but like him, he has a lot of ability!
“He has a great mind which is great with any horse and it’s great to have a winner here.
“Golden Horde is in the Gimcrack Stakes and the Morny. We’ll see how he comes out of the race and then see what he is telling us.”
Winning rider Kirby remarked: “Golden Horde is improving. He was still very babyish at Ascot and he lugged across the track for some reason. Clive put a cross noseband on him today and that seemed to help him no end.
“I am really pleased for him and obviously I am pleased for Lethal Force as well. It’s nice for him to get a nice winner on the board and hopefully this lad will do him proud.
“I didn’t feel like I was going that quick on him. He is just like his dad in that respect where he has a high cruising speed and lengthens really well.”
Qatar Richmond Stakes (Group 2)
£200,000 added, 2yo only, 6f, Class 1
1 (5) Golden Horde 2 9-0 Clive Cox Adam Kirby 15/2
2 (1) ¾ Threat 2 9-0 Richard Hannon Tom Marquand 11/8F
3 (7) 3 Royal Dornoch 2 9-0 A P O'Brien Wayne Lordan 25/1
4 (2) ½ Volatile Analyst 2 9-0 Keith Dalgleish Daniel Tudhope 28/1
5 (3) shd Symbolize 2 9-0 Andrew Balding David Probert 15/2
6 (8) ½ Misty Grey 2 9-0 Mark Johnston Joe Fanning 16/1
7 (4) 1¾ Dream Shot 2 9-0 James Tate Jamie Spencer 25/1
8 (10) ½ Royal Commando 2 9-0 Charles Hills Kieran Shoemark 14/1
9 (13) nk Maxi Boy 2 9-0 Michael Bell Frankie Dettori 10/1
10 (11) ½ King Neptune 2 9-0 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore25/1
11 (6) 1 Don't Stop Dancing 2 9-0 Ronald Harris P J McDonald 80/1
5 (9) ¾ Guildsman 2 9-0 Archie Watson Oisin Murphy 7/1
3 (12) 9 Fleeting Prince 2 9-0 Charles Hills James Doyle 33/1