Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes
Group 2, Newmarket 15:00
£120,000 added,
3yo plus,
7f, Class 1   
Friday 9th October 2020


1 Happy Power 7/2
2 Pogo 10/1
3 Glorious Journey 11/2
9 ran Distances: 1½l, 2¼l, 2¾l
Time: 1m 25.11s (slow by 2.81s)

Happy Power's jockey, Silvestre de Sousa, was keen not to let Pogo get loose on the front end.

That looked a wise decision as the front two dictated the race throughout, with De Sousa always looking confident on Andrew Balding’s grey.

The 7-2 chance arrived at HQ on the back of winning his two most recent races, at Salisbury and a Group Three at Goodwood.

Up in grade again to a Group Two, he assumed control from Pogo with over a furlong to run and streaked clear up the hill to win by a length and a half.

Glorious Journey stayed on from the rear to claim third.

De Sousa said: “I was really disappointed with him at the beginning of the year as I thought I had a really good horse for this year, but he has just taken a long time to get going. He now feels like he is flying and is in top form.

“Andrew’s horses are running well and he is just following the wagon. We’ve always liked him and Andrew had found a couple of easy options for him, but today he has proved he is a nice horse.

“We thought we had him right at the beginning of the year, but he is a horse that has probably taken a long time to get 100 per cent fit. He ran really well first time, then his next couple of runs were disappointing. He wasn’t tailed off, but he wasn’t good enough to win – since Salisbury it looks like he has found his way.

“He likes the ground. It is soft and on the slow side and it maybe just tired the other horses out. That race at Salisbury made you realise there was a little more in the tank than what he had been giving.

“Mentally there is always huge improvement when a horse wins their first race easily. When they come home and enjoy the race, you know there is improvement.

“He is in top form and he probably shouldn’t miss the chance to go there (Champions Sprint at Ascot on October 17).”


Godolphin Stud And Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes (Group 2)
£120,000 added, 3yo plus, 7f, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Soft

1 (7)      Happy Power 4 9-3 Andrew Balding Silvestre De Sousa 7/2
2 (5)
Pogo 4 9-3 Charles Hills Kieran Shoemark 10/1
3 (3) Glorious Journey 5 9-3 Charlie Appleby James Doyle 11/2
4 (9)
Zakouski 4 9-3 Charlie Appleby William Buick 8/1
5 (6)
¾ Snazzy Jazzy 5 9-3 Clive Cox Adam Kirby 20/1
6 (1)
1 Namos 4 9-3 D Moser Ryan Moore 10/1
7 (4)
7 Foxtrot Lady 5 9-0 Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy 14/1
8 (2)
Daahyeh 3 8-12 Roger Varian David Egan 15/2
9 (8)
1 Khaloosy 3 9-1 Roger Varian Jim Crowley 100/30F