Second Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes for Enbihaar
Enbihaar (John Gosden/Jim Crowley) justified 1/2 favouritism to win the G2 Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes for the second year in succession. The five-year-old Redoute’s Choice mare was another winner for owner Hamdan Al Makotum, who is enjoying such a fantastic week with Mohaather taking the G1 Qatar Sussex Stakes and outstanding sprinter Battaash landing yesterday’s G2 King George Qatar Stakes for the fourth time in a course record time.
After overhauling leader Snow (Aidan O’Brien IRE/Ryan Moore, 11/4) entering the final quarter mile, Enbihaar comfortably saw off the challenge of Cabaletta (Roger Varian/David Egan, 7/1) to score by three and a half lengths.
Thady Gosden, assistant trainer to his father John, said: “Enbihaar has run really well and is such a lovely horse.
“It was only a three-runner field, but she has that lovely long stride and she picked up well in the straight.
“Jim wasn’t too hard on her and she went round there nicely today.
“She ran well on her first start and obviously relishes this trip.
“She liked the quick ground and it was a good performance from her.”
Jim Crowley said: “Enbihaar is a big galloping mare. There were only three of us; she always jumps a bit slowly and I just had to sit on Ryan’s girth to keep him honest the whole way, because this mare certainly wouldn’t want a sprint. She did it nicely in the end.
“Obviously, last year she went for the mile and six furlongs fillies Group One in France [Qatar Prix de Royallieu, finished 3rd], but it came up very heavy on Arc weekend. That could always be a possible race for her. She stays very well; whether connections think they could step her up to two miles, I don’t know yet.
“It has been a great week. I have had some lovely rides. I thought I would probably have a few more, but that is being greedy. Three of my favourite horses went and won, which was nice [Mohaather, Battaash and Enbihaar].”
Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: “It is unlike Sheikh Hamdan to keep an older mare in training, so I am glad to see him rewarded for that decision with another Group win. We needed to get a run into her at Newmarket and it was good to see her come back over the extra trip and show her old enthusiasm.
“The plan initially was to win a G1 with her this year. I will talk to John, see what the options are and what Sheikh Hamdan would like to do. It’s just nice to see her come out and show that amazing stride she has got on her – once she gets into that, she is a potent weapon. Jim said that she will stay two miles any day, so it opens up the options a bit.
“She probably doesn’t want the ground too soft. She would get stuck in very soft ground with that action and we thought that was partly her undoing in Paris last year. Let’s see what sort of autumn we get.”
3.00pm G2 Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes 1m6f
1 Enbihaar – John Gosden 5-9-06 Jim Crowley 1/2F
2 Cabaletta – Roger Varian 3-8-09 David Egan 7/1
3 Snow – Aidan O’Brien IRE 3-8-09 Ryan Moore 11/4
Winner owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum
Breeding: b m Redoute’s Choice (AUS) – Chanterelle (FR) (Trempolino (USA))
Breeder Haras Du Mezeray
Non-Runner: Manuela De Vega (Going)
Time: 3m 3.42s
Distances: 3½, 10
Tote Win: £1.30 Exacta: £3.40
John Gosden – 42nd winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival
Jim Crowley – 18th winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival