This Week’s Impressive Wins at the Galway Plate and Sussex Stakes
This week is full of horse racing action and excitement with two great events underway both in Ireland and in the UK; the Galway Festival and Glorious Goodwood Meeting.
And with some the main races of each events done, we are impressed of the results – particularly for the Galway Plate and Sussex Stakes races.
Galway Plate Gold Taken by Clarcam
With the odds of 33-1, expectations for Gordon Elliot-trained Clarcam to win the Galway Plate was close to a nil. However, the dual Grade One-winning chaser defied the odds when he effortlessly took home the gold.
Right from the start, jockey Mark Enright positioned the eight-year-old close to the front and he took the lead when British challenger Drumcliff fell six jumps from home. Clarcam extended the lead steadily until making a huge advantage of 12 lengths at the 9th up until the final fence.
On the home stretch, the race favourite Patricks Park saw a chance to bridge the gap when Clarcam unsurprisingly tired – but the effort was fruitless due to the already huge advantage. Final result: Clarcam first, Patricks Park second and Jury Duty (another one from Elliot) third.
Sussex Stakes Success for Lightning Spear
A long-overdue group one win for Lightning Spear has finally come to a reality.
Out of the eight runners on the field at the Qatar Sussex Stakes race at Goodwood, much of the attention was on the three-year-olds Without Parole and Expert Eye. Both have impressive wins on their respective races at this seasons’ Royal Ascot.
The previously unbeaten Without Parole with Andrea Atzeni on found himself in the lead at the early stage of the race. On his tail was the other favourite Expert Eye as they go on a steady pace.
The leading pair along with Beat the Bank were the ones who first commit for home. However, Without Parole was the one who dropped out of contention first. Entering the final furlong, Expert Eye took the lead and held a narrow advantage over Beat the Bank.
However, David Simcock’s Lightning Spear surprisingly came through after finding a gap between the leading pair during the last stages and eventually winning the race. Expert Eye held on the second place while Lord Glitters crossing the finish line third.