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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Al Jazi doubles up to get Al Shaqab and Dettori off the mark

Frankie Dettori sporting the Al Shaqab silks
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When the roar from the crowd by the unsaddling enclosure dwarfs the noise heard from the grandstand at the end of the race it can mean only one thing: a Frankie Dettori flying dismount is imminent.

Ever the showman, Dettori didn't let his fans down after he returned to loud cheers following Al Jazi's victory in the Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes for the second year in succession.

Trained by Francois Rohaut – who was registering a hat-trick in the race – Al Jazi, the 9-4 favourite, provided her rider and owners Al Shaqab Racing with a first win at this year's meeting, which was an important one given Qatar's backing of Goodwood.

A jubilant Dettori said: "I'm on the scoresheet . . . on Friday. It took a bit of time.

"She's a good filly, travelled well, sprinted clear and she's nice easy ride. Goodwood is ideal for her. She has a good cruising speed and kicked clear."

Harry Herbert, racing manager for Al Shaqab Racing, said: "For Al Shaqab it is hugely important to have a winner, and she was our best hope for the week.

"The reaction Frankie gets is great, it is so unique and special. He feeds off it. Seeing the scenes in the unsaddling enclosure is what it is all about."

Woodbine for Word? 

A tilt at the Canadian International was mooted for Poet's Word after the Sir Michael Stoute-trained four-year-old landed the 1m4f Betfred Glorious Stakes under Ryan Moore, kickstarting the jockey's treble.

Paddy Power introduced Poet's Word as the 7-4 favourite for the Grade 1 Canadian International, run at Woodbine in October, after the colt registered an authoritative one-and-a-half length success in this Group 3 contest to triumph at Glorious Goodwood for the second year in a row.

Poet's Word's owner Saeed Suhail won the Canadian International two years ago with Cannock Chase, and racing manager Bruce Raymond suggested a transatlantic trip could be on the cards.

Raymond said: "I don't know what Sir Michael's plans are here [in England], but I think he could be the ideal type for something like the Canadian International."

Bank has big future

Leicester City may be Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's primary sporting passion but horseracing is fast catching up after Beat The Bank delivered a first Group success for King Power Racing.

The gelding was one of six horses secured in a £2 million spree at the Goffs Sale on the eve of Royal Ascot on behalf of the Thai owner. Beat The Bank has now won twice.

"He is the best horse I've had," said the vice-chairman of the surprise winners of the 2015-16 Premier League.

Beat The Bank gives Ryan Moore the first leg of his treble in the Betfred Glorious Stakes at Goodwood

Soft ground was an unknown factor for Beat The Bank, but once Ryan Moore found the room to make a challenge, he skipped clear to win the Group 3 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes by three lengths.

Moore said: "I've been impressed with Beat The Bank every time I've seen him – he was impressive at the Craven meeting and was impressive at the July meeting. I am sure he has a big future."

Beat The Bank is one of 12 King Power Racing horses in training with Andrew Balding, who said: "He has looked very smart at home. We were all impressed with him at Newmarket. I was worried about the ground, but he handled it well and Ryan gave him a fantastic ride."


Their countries have been at loggerheads, but Dubai's Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum appeared perfectly happy to collect the trophy for winning the Qatar King George Stakes and give an interview to Qatari-based Al Kass TV afterwards.

What they say
"I've had worse 40 minutes, that's for sure"
Charlie Hills was in dreamland after Red Roman followed up stablemate Battaash's brilliant King George Stakes win in the 6f nursery.

Deserves his own prize
Jack Lander, 11, was on hand to present the trophy for the final race after completing a 161-mile walk for various racing charities.

Thought for the day
The celebrations following Al Jazi's win show Frankie Dettori can still play to the crowds like no other rider.

Goodwood results and analysis

The reaction Frankie gets is great, it is so unique and special

Key data

Frankie Dettori
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