By Sports Reporter / Goodwood, UK
• The Qatar Goodwood Festival, sponsored by the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, will end today
Khaadem, trained by Charles Hills and ridden by jockey Ryan Moore, won the King George Qatar Stakes yesterday at the Qatar Goodwood Festival in the UK. Performing consistently at a high level throughout his career and entering the race in winning form, Khaadem (Dark Angel x White Daffodil), owned by Fitri and Jim Hay, achieved success in the Group 2 race.
Hamad bin Abdulrahman al-Attiya, vice-president of the QREC and president of the Asian Equestrian Federation, crowned the winners after the race. The fourth and penultimate day of the festival sponsored by the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) featured a day of seven races. The final and the fourth race were the Gr2 King George Qatar Stakes. The 1,000 sprint for children aged three and over is a true test of raw speed and has been a key part of the Qatar-sponsored Goodwood Festival since 1911. This year the particularly open competition allowed new talent, after years of domination by whirlwind champions like Battaash (Dark Angel) and Take Cover (Singspiel).
Trained by Hills, who dominated this race with Battaash (Dark Angel) between 2017-2020, the 6-year-old has twice finished fourth at Gr1 level and his success in the Gr2 King George Qatar Stakes is the highlight of his 23 races. career to date.
Winner of the Stewards Cup with 27 riders in 2019, Khaadem is now a double winner of the Qatar Goodwood Festival and offers his owners a second victory of the week, after Royal Scotsman (Gleneagles), who won the Gr2 Richmond Stakes on Thursday.
Ridden by Ryan Moore, the six-year-old followed the blistering speed of Czech-bred Ponntos (Power) and traveled with ease. Sprinting to join the leader in the last 300 meters, Khaadem got rid of his rivals and held Raasel (Showcasing), who finished quickly, by a neck. Never closer, Caturra (Mehmas) resisted well to take third place.
Khaadem was bred by Yeomanstown Stud. Khaadem’s dam White Daffodil (Footstepsinthesand) won two races and also produced Log Out Island (Dark Angel), who is a Listed winner and Gr2 placed. The second dam, Sparky’s Song (Electric) produced Listed winner Lady Links (Bahamian Bounty), who is the dam of double Listed winner Selinka (Selkirk), dam of Gr.3 winner Hit The Bid (Exceed And Excel) .
The curtain will fall on the Qatar Goodwood Festival today. The annual five-day Festival race meetings continued for four days before reaching its finale today. This year’s edition held special significance with the huge turnout of spectators at Goodwood, indicating a desire to be part of the racing extravaganza, being a landmark of racing in the UK and Europe . The QREC delegation was present at Goodwood, led by QREC President HE Issa bin Mohamed al-Mohannadi, QREC Vice President and Asian Equestrian Federation President Hamad bin Abdulrahman al-Attiya, Board Member of the QREC and Al Shaqab Executive Director Khalifa bin Mohamed al-Attiyah, QREC Board Members Khalid bin Mohamed al-Ali and Ahmad bin Mohamed Alabdulmalik, QREC Race Director Abdulla Rashid al-Kubaisi and Director from the office of the QREC chairman and the director of the marketing department of the QREC Hesham Mohamed al-Ali.
Ryan Moore rides Khaadem to victory in the King George Qatar Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival yesterday. PHOTOS: Zuzanna Lupa