Khaadem lands Stewards’ Cup

Updated: 02/12/2022


Khaadem caused a huge upset on Saturday after winning the Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood in fine style.

The three-year-old had shown signs of promise in his last outing in a Group Three race and soon showed his class in the feature race at 3.40.

Khaadem was as big as 8/1 at the start of the day but went off as the 4/1 favourite. Jockey Jim Crowley got him into a good position and Khaadem proved too much for Open Wide, Raucous and Summerghand.

Speaking after the race, trainer Charles Hills told reporters: “He is growing up with every race that he has and we have to look at a Group race next. He is a class horse and is only going to get better and better, so I think we have to go to the top table with him.

“I guess we will have to look at the G1 [Sprint Cup] at Haydock. Magical Memory won this race and just got touched off there. I think this fellow is a very good horse who is only going to get better and better.”

Crowley enjoyed a fine 45 minutes at the Festival as the jockey won the Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes on board Enbihaar. John Gosden’s charge was expected to struggle after a penalty, with South Sea Pearl the favourite.

Enbihaar missed the break but still got into a good position after the bend, with Crowley deciding to go round the outside of the field. Manuela De Vega claimed second, with South Sea Pearl grabbing third in the end.

The opening race of the day was claimed by Poyle Vinnie at a bumper 20/1, with James Sullivan doing enough to help his ride just beat Venturous.

The impressive King’s Advice then won his eighth race from his last nine as he claimed the Qatar Summer Handicap to claim the favourite spot for the Ebor Handicap (8/1 to win).

Persuasion made a big statement by winning the Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes, while the last two races, both handicaps, were claimed by Land of Legends and Gifts of Gold.

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