Qatar King George Stakes: Battaash breaks track record in fourth win

Battaash breaks the track record at Goodwood

Battaash duly landed a fourth Qatar King George Stakes at Goodwood with a record-breaking performance under Jim Crowley.

Hamdan Al Maktoum's star sprinter sauntered to the front over two furlongs out and Jim Crowley merely kept the 2/7 favourite up to his work to storm clear of Glass Slippers (14/1) and win by two-and-a-quarter lengths in a course record time of 55.62 seconds.

"He was good, he was getting a bit lonely out in front and it's very hard to find horses quick enough to lead him. He was in front a long way and was just idling so I had to give him a couple of taps just to keep his mind on the job," Crowley said.

"He's so fast and very consistent now. If a horse wants to take him on in a race then good luck to them. He's so quick he burns them off from halfway."

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Trainer Charlie Hills added: “He’s so talented and we’re very proud of him. To have a horse like him in the yard at six is amazing, to be involved with him means everything.

“Four consecutive Group Twos takes some doing, he’s not the biggest horse in the world but is so fast and well balanced. He’s a true athlete.

“Further Flight, who my dad trained, is the only horse to win a pattern race five years on the trot so we might come back next year! He’s not overly-raced, maybe two more runs this year.

“We’re looking forward to the Coolmore Nunthorpe now and then probably the Abbaye but it’s a strange year and no-one really knows what the future holds.

“He’ll go on until he tells us he’s not the horse he was today.”

Sky Bet Head of Sports PR Michael Shinners said: "Another wonderful performance from Battaash who not only won but smashed the track record. We are now 4/6 from 10/11 for the Coolmore Nunthorpe/"

Betfair and Paddy Power were more impressed and go 1/2 from 4/6.

Glass Slippers (left) gives pursuit to Battaash

Kevin Ryan was proud of the effort of Glass Slippers, who looks more likely to go the Sprint Cup at Haydock rather than York.

Ryan said: “She has run a blinder. I thought for a minute she was going to give him a race, but it is a great achievement by Battaash to win this race four years running.

“I’m delighted with our filly. It is a possibility we could look at the Nunthorpe, but she is in the Flying Five in Ireland and we wouldn’t mind going back up to six furlongs again in the Sprint Cup at Haydock.

“I wouldn’t rule out York, but I’ve not ruled it in. We always planned to run in the Sprint Cup at Haydock as she is as effective over six as she is over five furlongs. That could be an interesting race.”

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