UK RACING: Khaadem the class in Goodwood’s Steward’s Cup


Khaadem landed an almighty gamble to turn the Unibet Stewards' Cup into a near procession at Goodwood.

Only a three-year-old, Khaadem had finished second in a Group Three last time out and ended up being the proverbial Group horse in a handicap.

As big as 8/1 in the morning, he was steadily backed all day and was sent off the 4/1 favourite.

Representing owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, trainer Charlie Hills and jockey Jim Crowley - successful 24 hours earlier with Battaash in the Group Two King George Stakes - he demonstrated they have another sprint star on their hands.

Ornate finished third to Battaash on Friday and was turned out again quickly by David Griffiths - and at halfway, he was four lengths clear but had shot his bolt with a furlong to run.

By then Crowley was manoeuvring Khaadem up against the far rail to make his challenge - and when he got to the front, the race was over.

Khaadem ran out a two-and-three-quarter-length winner from Open Wide, with Raucous third and Summerghand fourth.



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