Battaash breaks record at Goodwood

Battaash smashed his own course record to pick up a historic fourth consecutive victory in Friday’s King George Qatar Stakes.

The hugely impressive six-year-old crossed the finish line in a time of 55.62 seconds, beating his previous record of 56.02 which he set when winning in 2019.

Battaash kicked on around halfway through the five-furlong contest and it very quickly became a race against the clock as he pulled clear of the field.

It’s a welcome return to the winners circle for trainer Charlie Hills after Battaash finished in a disappointing 14th at Longchamp last time out.

Glass Slippers and Ornate, who finished second and third respectively, also broke the record as Liberty Beach came home fourth.

Reacting to the win, Hills said, as quoted by Sporting Life: “He’s so talented. So very proud of him. Just to be involved with a horse like him means everything. He’s not the biggest but he’s just so fast.

“Further Flight [trained by father Barry] is the only horse to win a pattern race five years in a row so hopefully we can come back here next year and match that; for a six-year-old he’s relatively lightly raced.

“We’re just looking forward to the Nunthorpe know and then the Abbaye probably but it’s a strange year, no one knows what the future really holds.”

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