Thikriyaat (centre) battles it out with Forge (pink cap) at GoodwoodPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Thikriyaat takes another
step up in Thoroughbred
Report: Glorious Goodwood, Friday
Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (Group 3) 1m, 3yo
THIKRIYAAT continued his rapid rate of progression in landing a fourth win from his five start as the 9-4 favourite.
The gelding found more to beat stablemate Forge by half a length, giving the Jersey Stakes form another significant boost following Ribchester's third in the Sussex Stakes on Wednesday.
At one stage it looked as though the infamous Goodwood traffic could thwart his bid for victory, as entering the final two furlongs he had plenty of ground to make up.
However, once Paul Hanagan found clear daylight Thikriyaat battled to come out best in the duel with his stablemate. Light Up Our World hung on for third for trainer Richard Hannon.
Emotionless once again disappointed and could only finish seventh. Indeed it was a bad result for Godolphin with its runners coming home in the last four places.
A further step up in trip
Thikriyaat took the step back up to a mile without difficulty, and jockey Paul Hanagan suggested that he could get further still.
"Every race he just does enough really," he said. "I had to sit and suffer on him as he was a bit on his head early on. He's got such a lovely temperament and just wants to please
"Without a shadow of a doubt he'll get further. Because he's so genuine he made things easy for me, but I think in time you'll see him step up in trip."
Sir Michael Stoute, who achieved his third winner of the week, was pleased with both Thikriyaat and Forge, praining the former's attitude following the win. "He's very tough, honest and consistent," he said. "He's an admirable horse and I think he'll get a little further.
"Forge is a little immature and has taken time to get professional. He's getting there and is a nice horse in the making."
Kings Fete (second left) powers away from his rivals to scorePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Also on Friday
Betfred Glorious Stakes (Group 3) 1m4f, 4yo+
KINGS FETE, considered by many to be an unlucky loser in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot last time, got the better of a thrilling battle with Ayrad to register a first Group-race success.
Frankie Dettori gave Ayrad a canny ride from the front but Ryan Moore was always within striking distance on 5-2 favourite Kings Fete and kept on well to win by three-quarters of a length.
The win will be viewed by many as just reward for Kings Fete after his unlucky-in-running third at Royal Ascot, when he looked likely to swoop into the lead only to meet serious traffic problems.
Kings Fete had an unobstructed passage on this occasion, however, and took full advantage to wear down the gallant Ayrad. Majeed, the 16-1 outsider of the seven-runner field, finished a distant third, while Mount Logan and Elite Army were the big disappointments in the race.
Good training performance
Kings Fete did not race at all during 2015 and Moore was keen to pay tribute to trainer Sir Michael Stoute's yard for geting the five-year-old back to the track in such good shape this season.
Moore said: "To be fair he's a horse who's had his difficulties and it's a big effort to get him back at all. Everything went very smoothly through the race and we've pulled a good way clear.
"I've had a good fight with the second horse and I expected to go by him a bit easier so I'd say it's a good performance. He's improved for sure and he's only lightly raced so you'd like to think there's more to come."
Kings Fete's win was Ryan Moore's fourth at the 2016 Qatar Goodwood Festival. He moved to the head of the standings, one clear of James Doyle, when the heavily-supported Betfred Mile favourite Franklin D won the big betting race of the day.
Al Jazi (silver) wins the L’Ormarins Queens Plate Stakes at GoodwoodPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
L'Ormarins Queens Plate Stakes (Group 3) 7f, 3yo+, fillies and mares
FRENCH raider Al Jazi stole the spoils under Gregory Benoist to win at 12-1 as hot favourite Always Smile failed to fire.
The Francois Rohaut-trained Al Jazi, carrying the colours of Al Shaqab Racing, was making her first start in Britain and seemed to take a step forward on the form she had displayed in France to gain a first pattern-race success.
She finished one and three-quarter lengths in front of Godolphin second-string Mise En Rose, who stayed on strongly in second, while Namhroodah was a further three-quarters of a length back in third.
Always Smile, who was sent off as the 5-4 favourite on the back of a creditable third in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes, failed to travel with any fluency and the writing was on the wall from some way out as she plugged on to come home a never-threatening fourth.